Acute Care of At-Risk Newborns (ACoRN)

What is ACoRN?


The Acute Care at Risk Newobrns (ACoRN) manual and education program was developed by a multidisciplinary group of clinical experts from across Canada in response to the gap for the training of personnel in post resuscitation stabilization and/or transport of the newly born infant.

  • ACoRN picks up where NRPleaves off, advising and teaching with use of an algorithmic approach to manage/diagnose and cope with sick or at risk newly born infants. 
  • It incorporates case based learning and is designed to be used by any level of health care provider caring for these infants - from the smallest outpost nursing station to a tertiary referral centre.  Each area (respiratory, cardiovascular, neurology, surgical conditions, fluid and glucose management, theroregulation, infection) is supported by a sequence (algorithm) that is easy to follow and directs clinical care.  

Further information can also be found on the ACoRN website.


ACoRN Workshop 

  • The ACoRN workshop is an interactive session that utilizes case-based learning and practice stations to apply the concepts and skills presented in the textbook.
  • Administration of a prior learning assessment tool and identification of institutional objectives assist the ACoRN Education Team to tailor the design of each workshop.
  • Teamwork and interdisciplinary approach are emphasized along with sharing clinical scenerios.
  • The Canadian Pediatric Society, College of Family Physicians, and Canadian College of Respiratory Therapists have awarded CME credits for the ACoRN program.


ACoRN Manual Orders


To order manuals, please complete and submit the online ACoRN Manual Order Form.

For more information or to schedule an ACoRN workshop, please contact:

Perinatal Services BC
West Tower, Suite 350
555 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC  V5Z 3X7

Telephone: 604-877-2121
Fax: 604-872-1987
Email: psbc@phsa.ca

Last Updated: Monday, September 09, 2013