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Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma

Author: Jennifer McAnally, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Noah Carpenter, MD, Teresa Crowe, PhD, LICSW, M. Lys Hunt, LICSW
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Course Created: 2021

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 2 hours
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Course Summary

Pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT), commonly known as shaken baby syndrome, is a form of child abuse that can result in significant morbidity and mortality. Knowledge of the prevalence, and skilled recognition and prevention, of PAHT is important for clinicians in such pediatric settings as day cares, neonatal service centers, and home visiting, and also in emergency departments and general practice settings. The course discusses the mechanisms of injuries, the risk factors for PAHT, the clinical characteristics for specific injuries, perpetration, and prevention methods. This will aid clinicians with detection, diagnosis, and prevention of PAHT. The course then also discusses the mandatory reporting of PAHT and other suspected child abuse.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain pediatric head trauma and child abuse in infants and young children.
  • Recognize the risk factors for pediatric abusive head trauma.
  • Describe the clinical presentation and diagnosis of pediatric abusive head trauma.
  • Explain the reporting, management, and prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Incidence and Recognition
  • Child Abuse in Infants and Young Children
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Patterns and Risk Factors
  • Clinical Presentation and Diagnosis
  • Perpetration
  • Reporting
  • Management
  • Reducing and Preventing
  • Case Examples
  • Summary
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