Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome)
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Child abuse and neglect continue to be significant problems in the United States. This basic-level course details how clinicians can identify and intervene in cases of suspected pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT), commonly referred to as shaken baby syndrome. The course discusses the common reasons for PAHT, including community and societal factors, and describes triggers that can prompt caregivers to abuse children. Participants will learn about the evaluation of a child suspected of having PAHT, which entails obtaining a history, looking for common identifying injuries, conducting a physical assessment, and ordering diagnostic testing. Management of the victim is discussed, including treatment and interventions. The course describes ways to reduce PAHT, which include identifying child maltreatment and increasing awareness of PAHT. The discussion of child abuse prevention includes parental and caregiver education and community outreach. Mandatory reporting and documentation are discussed, and examples of evidence-based programs, such as nurse-family partnerships, are presented. This course is for social workers, psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and other professionals who work with children and families.
Participants will receive 2 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course.
Counselors - course does not qualify for NBCC credit.
Kentucky Social Workers: This course fulfills your Recognition and Prevention of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma continuing education requirement.
- Describe the current definitions and prevalence of pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT).
- Identify anatomical features of infants and young children that make them susceptible to significant head injuries.
- Discuss common perpetrator characteristics and the most common reasons that PAHT occurs.
- Identify the most common injuries associated with PAHT and the possible long-term consequences of PAHT.
- Describe keys elements in recognizing assessing and treating an infant or child for suspected PAHT.
- Describe how healthcare and behavioral healthcare professionals can increase identification awareness and prevention of PAHT.
Anita Carroll, RN, MSN, EdD, has taught all levels of professional nursing for over 30 years. She currently teaches in the bachelor of science in nursing program at West Texas A&M University in Canyon Texas. She has taught courses in maternal-newborn health neonatal health pharmacology management and fundamentals. She has also helped develop master's level tracks and courses for neonatal clinical nurse specialists and nursing education. She was a childbirth educator for 10 years and implemented a March of Dimes grant. She has presented more than 120 programs in maternal-newborn nursing to community hospitals and has certified numerous nurses as neonatal cardiopulmonary resuscitation providers and instructors. She received the Texas Nurse of the Year Award from the Texas Nurses Association in 1996 as well as many other teaching awards throughout her career.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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