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Jennifer Barnes, PharmD

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Neonatal 2021, GOLD Neonatal 2022
  • Country: U.S.A

Dr. Jennifer Barnes is the Neonatal Intensive Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC. She has over 10 years of experience within the field. Dr. Barnes received her bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech and her Doctor of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia. She completed her pharmacy practice residency at Alamance Regional Medical Center- Cone Health. Dr. Barnes is board certified in pediatric pharmacotherapy. She is also an active member of the Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA) and is currently serving as the neonatology committee chair. Dr. Barnes serves as a clinical assistant professor for pharmacy advanced practice rotations for University of North Carolina, University of South Carolina, Wingate University and High Point University. Her current research areas of interest include the role of diuretics in bronchopulmonary dysplasia treatment and antibiotic stewardship for late-onset sepsis amongst other topics.

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Starbucks for Babies? Caffeine Use in Neonates
Caffeine is one of the most prescribed medications within the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This presentation will summarize the current understanding of caffeine therapy in neonates including the various indications. Caffeine is the medication of choice for apnea of prematurity (AOP) however it has been shown to be beneficial in several other disease states and conditions. Despite the widespread use of caffeine, there is not consensus on optimal dosing regimen or timing. We will review the supporting literature for the nuances of caffeine dosing regimens and schedules. While caffeine is generally considered a safe medication, we will also discuss potential side effects for monitoring. After this presentation, the audience will have a full picture of the pros and cons of this ubiquitous medication in our NICU population.
Accreditation, Main Category
Presentations: 12  |  Hours / CE Credits: 12.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Pharmacology in the NICU
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Get the LOW Down on Neonatal Hypotension
At no other time does the hemodynamic status so drastically and rapidly change as the transition from fetal to extrauterine life. Neonates may experience hypotension due to delayed transition, factors of prematurity such as immature myocardium or secondary to a variety of comorbid states including but not limited to chorioamnionitis, perinatal asphyxia, hypovolemia, patent ductus arteriosus, necrotizing enterocolitis, and sepsis. The definition of hypotension and decision to treat are two of the most controversial topics within neonatology. This is in part due to great variability in blood pressure (BP) ranges among neonates and lack of supporting literature which correlate precise blood pressure values with poor clinical outcomes. Of those affected by hypotension, approximately 10-25% of infants weighing < 1500 grams at birth go on to require a vasoactive medication. Despite decades of research, there is still no definitive evidence regarding the impact of treatment for neonatal hypotension, aside from the fact that vasopressors do tend to increase blood pressure. Vasoactive medications are frequently utilized in hypotensive patients however the underlying pathophysiology should be backbone of which medication is chosen. After this presentation, the audience will have a better understanding of when to treat and benefits and risks of common pharmacotherapy agents for hypotension and shock.
Accreditation, Main Category
Presentations: 14  |  Hours / CE Credits: 14.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: (IBCLC) Infant, (IBCLC) Pathology, Neonatal Illness, Neonatology