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Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma – Kentucky

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Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma – Kentucky
Morgan Curry

Author: Sarah Schulze

This course meets the requirements for Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma in the state of Kentucky.

If you graduated in Kentucky after 2011 this Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma course was included in your curriculum. Your one-time requirement has been met.


Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (AHT), also known as Shaken Baby Syndrome, includes an array of symptoms and complications resulting from injury to a child or infant’s head and brain after violent or intentional shaking or impact. There are approximately 1,300 reported cases of AHT each year and it is the leading cause of child abuse deaths nationally. For those children who survive, most suffer lifelong complications and disabilities (8).  

This serious and tragic injury may be a challenge to diagnose because obvious signs of injury may not be easily detectable right away and those responsible for the injuries may avoid taking the child for treatment (5). Therefore, it is incredibly important for healthcare professionals who work in pediatrics or emergency medicine to be able to identify at-risk individuals and recognize signs and symptoms of potential victims of pediatric abusive head trauma. It is also 100% preventable and proper training on how to mitigate the risks and situations that lead to pediatric abusive head trauma can help healthcare professionals reduce the incidence of this horrific injury. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction and Objectives  
  2. Epidemiology/Risk Factors 
  3. Pathophysiology 
  4. Diagnosis of Abusive Head Trauma  
  5. Outcomes and Sequelae  
  6. Legal Consideration in the State of Kentucky 
  7. Prevention 
  8. Conclusion 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss pediatric abusive head trauma. It will take the average learner 90 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Identify risk factors and common mechanisms of injury for pediatric abusive head trauma. 
  2. Describe signs and symptoms and diagnostic tools used to identify pediatric abusive head trauma. 
  3. List potential outcomes of pediatric abusive head trauma and their prevalence. 
  4. Understand the legal considerations of mandated reporters, process of reporting, and penalties for pediatric abusive head trauma perpetrators in the state of Kentucky. 
  5. Identify ways that societal and healthcare interventions can help reduce the prevalence of pediatric abusive head trauma. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: March 23, 2021

Course Expires on: March 23, 2024

Course Offering:  42