The S.T.A.B.L.E. program focuses exclusively on the post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick infants. The "S.T.A.B.L.E." acronym helps healthcare providers remember the program's key neonatal-care topics: sugar, temperature, airway, blood pressure, lab work, and emotional support for the family. The program also features an additional module on quality improvement to stress the professional responsibility of improving and evaluating care provided to sick infants.
This program covers:
- sugar and safe care -- glucose monitoring, hypoglycemia, umbilical catheters, intrauterine growth curves, and more
- temperature -- detrimental effects of hypothermia, temperature's effects on metabolic rate and oxygen consumption, neuroprotective hypothermia, and more
- airway -- patient evaluation and monitoring, intubation, blood gas interpretation, and more
- blood pressure -- shock, cardiac output, dopamine use, and more
- lab work -- neonatal infection, laboratory tests to obtain after transport, evaluation algorithms, hematologic reference ranges, and more
- emotional support -- providing relationship-based care to babies and their parents, ideas for when the infant requires transport, and more
- quality improvement -- teamwork and team training, self-assessment, and more
This program can be led by an instructor or taken on a self-study basis.