Lacey Assessment of Preterm Infants (LAPI) Course
This 3-day theoretical course teaches the use of Joan Lacey's assessment of preterm infants (LAPI). The LAPI is intended for use by physiotherapists working in neonatal intensive care and/or special care units, and can only be used up to term-equivalent age. It has been proven to have 86% sensitivity, 83% specificity and 96% negative predictive value for subsequent cerebral palsy and in 2004 was found to be a more reliable predictor than cranial ultrasound.
The course is presented by Adare Brady and Peta Smith- Neonatal Physiotherapists and LAPI tutors who have been using the LAPI assessment in clinical practice for many years.
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LAPI Peer Review Study Day
The participants will revise, and problem-solve the following:
1. The use of the LAPI as an assessment tool for premature infants within the constraints of the modern Intensive Care environment
2. The utilization of items with a unique maturational sequence at preterm age which make up the LAPI
3. The analysis and grading of the different postures/movements the preterm infant uses to achieve:
- Protective side turning of the head
- Anti gravity resting postures of the legs in prone and supine
- Upper limb to lower limb ratio
- Pelvic elevation
- Head to body axis alignment
- Spontaneous movements
4. One year outcomes to ensure individual reliability