• Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants

2 Contact Hours

Author(s): Anita Carroll, RN, MSN, EdD
Peer Reviewer(s): Carroll M. Rottmund, RN, BSN, CCRN, CLNC, CMI
Item#: L0701
Contents: 1 Course Book (48 pages)
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Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma: Guidance for Dental Professionals, Updated 1st Edition

Price $19.95
Item # L0701
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Original Release Date: March 22, 2012
Review Date: March 20, 2015
Expiration Date: March 19, 2018

Child abuse and neglect continue to be a significant problem in the United States.  Pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT) is the most common cause of child abuse resulting in fatality and long-term disability. Although this is a problem of substantial magnitude, many cases often go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT) is preventable; therefore, the need to focus on possible solutions is paramount.  Healthcare professionals are in strategic frontline positions to impact prevention and identification efforts and ultimately to reduce the prevalence of this problem.  Dental professionals in particular could be pivotal in recognizing this type of abuse.

This basic-level course provides dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with the knowledge necessary to effectively assess and implement interventions in families and children with suspected or diagnosed PAHT (previously recognized by the name Shaken Baby Syndrome). The prevalence of PAHT is reviewed in this course along with the anatomical features of infants and young children that make them susceptible to significant head injuries. Other topics discussed include perpetrator characteristics and the most common reasons that PAHT occurs.  The most frequent injuries associated with PAHT and their possible long-term consequences are also discussed. The overall goal of the course is to reduce this type of child abuse by providing a basic working knowledge of PAHT to all dental professionals including dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants. By recognizing predisposing factors and identifying those at risk for perpetrating PAHT, dental professionals can be instrumental in increasing the identification, awareness, and prevention of PAHT.

AGD Subject Code: 155

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Course Objectives
  • 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 key elements in recognizing, assessing, and treating an infant or child for suspected PAHT.
  • Describe how dental professionals can increase identification, awareness, and prevention of PAHT.

Anita Carroll, RN, MSN, EdD, has taught at all levels of professional nursing for over 32 years and has served as a director of associate degree and master’s degree nursing programs. She most recently taught in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. She has taught didactic/clinical courses in the nursing areas of maternal-newborn, pediatrics, high-risk neonatal, pharmacology, health assessment, community, fundamentals, research, curriculum development, and public policy. She served as Clinical Faculty/Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Department of Pediatrics, Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Amarillo campus. She has helped develop master’s level tracks, courses for neonatal clinical nurse specialists, and nursing education. She was a childbirth educator for 10 years while implementing a March of Dimes grant. She has presented more than 120 programs in maternal-newborn nursing to community hospital nurses. As a neonatal regional CPR instructor, she certified numerous nurses as neonatal CPR 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 during her career.

Carroll M. Rottmund, RN, BSN, CCRN, CLNC, CMI, possesses a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has maintained advanced certification in pediatric critical care, legal nurse consulting, and medico-legal child death investigation. Her nursing experience includes 15 years of pediatric critical care nursing and 2 years in nursing management of a pediatric intensive care unit. She is a legal nurse consultant and serves as a deputy coroner with the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, coroner’s office. She also works with police jurisdictions investigating infant and child deaths within the county. She serves on a child death review team and on the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Board in Pennsylvania. 

For the past 11 years, Carroll has served as a nurse coordinator for Pennsylvania’s Abusive Head Trauma Prevention Program, and she has been a resource for child abuse prevention worldwide. She actively participates in child abuse prevention programs on the local, county, state, and national levels. Carroll has presented at numerous conferences nationally and internationally and has co-authored a study on abusive head trauma.

  • Courses must be completed within one (1) year of the date of purchase or by the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first. 
  • 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. 
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support. 
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content. 
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.