Neonatal Drug Therapy Manual


PO: Oral administration including the enteral feeding tubes


IV Direct:

            - Administration over less than or equal to 5 minutes

            - Unless otherwise specified, may be administered by the RN


Intermittent Infusion: 

            - Administration for longer than 5 minutes through a controlled-rate infusion pump


Gestational age (GA):

           - Number of weeks from the first day of the mother's last menstrual period until the birth of the baby 


Postnatal age (PNA): Chronological age since birth (conventionally expressed as completed weeks)


Corrected GA: Gestational age plus postnatal age (conventionally expressed as completed weeks)


Preterm: Neonate born at < 36 weeks gestational age


Term: Neonate born at > 37 weeks gestational age


Infant: > 42 weeks corrected GA and > 4 weeks PNA

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