If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $25.00.  

Course Description

This course explores reasons for newborn hypoxia and cyanosis from congenital heart disease and persistent pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary causes, neurological causes and sepsis. It also discusses various treatment options for hypoxia and cyanosis in the newborn.


Debby Mills MS, CNS, RNC-OB

Target Audience

Licensed Nurses and other interested healthcare workers

Learning Outcomes

After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain fetal circulation and metabolism as it relates to newborn hypoxia and cyanosis.
  2. Describe the physiologic changes that occur during the newborn transition to the extrauterine environment.
  3. Identify the key components for assessment and physical examination of the infant exhibiting hypoxia.
  4. Compare and contrast the differences in presentation for congenital heart disease and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).
  5. Discuss the pulmonary causes for newborn hypoxia and cyanosis.
  6. Describe the difference in presentation for common neurologic causes of hypoxia.
  7. Identify the difference between early and late onset neonatal sepsis as well as describe the presentation, laboratory evaluation and treatment.
  8. Explain the current indications for use of hypothermia therapy in newborns.
  9. Examine the risks associated with late preterm birth as it relates to newborn cyanosis and hypoxia.

Length of Course

75 minutes

Credit Statements

Licensed Nurses: Upstate AHEC is an accredited provider of Nursing Professional Development by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.25 contact hours.

Respiratory Care Practitioners: 1.25 clock hours will be awarded by Upstate AHEC, an approved provider of continuing education for respiratory care practitioners by the SC Board of Medical Examiners.

Other: This educational offering provides 0.125 CEUs ( 1.25 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement

Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

Speakers have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in education activities. Please see individual activities for any conflicts of interest.

Provisions of these educational activities by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC, SCNA or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with activities.