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Acute Care of At-Risk Newborns (ACoRN)

Acute Care of At-Risk Newborns (ACoRN) is a Canadian neonatal stabilization program designed for the multidisciplinary team who—regardless of experience or training in neonatal emergencies—may be called upon to care for at-risk and unwell newborns as well as babies who have been resuscitated at birth.

It is a priority-based, clinically-oriented framework that sequentially integrates assessment, monitoring, diagnostic evaluation, intervention, and ongoing management.

The ACoRN workshop is an interactive session that utilizes a skill-based, tool-based, case-based approach to learning. Simulations are an integral component of the workshop. Like resuscitation, stabilization of the at-risk or unwell newborn is most effective when performed by a coordinated, interprofessional team. In keeping with this philosophy, ACoRN workshops are offered on site to centres with an interprofessional audience.

ACoRN assumes participants have completed the Neonatal Resuscitation Program course at a provider level. A brief review of core knowledge and skills in neonatal resuscitation is integrated into the ACoRN textbook and are included in some of the simulation activities.


Please note at this time CPS has not yet released the ACoRN 2nd Edition Instructor and Learner resources (laminates of the NRP Primary Survey and Sequences; ACoRN: The Essential Guide; ACoRN Online exams). While CPS has not yet indicated when these resources will be available PSBC is planning to start facilitating ACoRN Workshops after April 2022. Please contact for more information.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada has accredited eight (8) Mainpro-C credits plus one (1) Mainpro-M1/hour for day 2.

ACoRN has been approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for Section 1 Accredited Group Learning Activity Continuing Professional Development credits through the Canadian Paediatric Society. The number of Section 1 Accredited Group Learning Activity credits is based on the number of hours of instruction.

BCIT assigns two (2) credits on completion of the workshop.

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The ACoRN workshop travels to communities throughout BC and is customized to meet specific needs and questions of participants. ACoRN workshops are offered by request only. Requesting site/organization is responsible for the cost and some of the operational needs of the workshop including the venue; participant registration; travel, accommodation, and per diem for each of the ACoRN Instructors. PSBC charges a basic workshop fee to cover the cost of the text books and workbooks.


To enquire about available dates, please contact us at 604-877-2121 or email.

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