Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) Updated 1st Edition - C6526


About Course #C6526

Release Date: April 13, 2017

Expiration Date: April 13, 2020

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, and other professionals who work with children and families

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 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.

About the Author(s)

Anita Carroll, RN, MSN, EdD, has taught at all levels of professional nursing for more than 32 years and has served as a director of associate's and master's degree nursing programs. She most recently taught in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at West Texas AandM 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.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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 this 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.

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