Objectives of the program:

Health care professionals will be able to:

  1. Accurately assess opioid-exposed infants for the presence of withdrawal signs and symptoms.
  2. Implement appropriate examination techniques required to evaluate opoid-exposed infants for clinical signs and symptoms of withdrawal.
  3. Document clinical signs and symptoms of withdrawal using the Finnegan Neonatal Abstinence Scoring Tool (FNAST).
  4. Achieve 90% reliability in using the FNAST.

The program can be used individually or in groups to increase the reliability in assessing infants for signs and symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

Components of the Program:

  1. A manual which includes program instructions, definitions of the signs and symptoms of withdrawal observed in opioid-exposed infants, exam techniques and suggested pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treat measures.
  2. A DVD which includes the following:
    • A. A Demonstration Exam of an infant being assessed for signs & symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
    • B. Two exams of infants being examined for withdrawal signs and symptoms with a narrated review of exhibited signs and symptoms.
  3. An inter-observer reliability chart which is used to determine your reliability in completing the exam.

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Inter-Observer Reliability Program