How EMTs Can Help Fight Child Abuse - 16-GANN-F3-0107

How EMTs Can Help Fight Child Abuse

by Theodora B. Aggeles, RN, BA and Guy H. Haskell, PhD, JD, REMT-P
(4.6 / 362 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (1.00 CEH)

Price: $5.00
CE-PRO Price: $2.50


About four children die each day in the U.S. as the result of abuse and neglect. While some abused children grow up to live outwardly normal lives, many who have been subjected to abuse or neglect become adults with behavioral issues stemming from that abuse. Some suffer lifelong disabilities, both physical and psychological. Many perpetuate the life of violence they have suffered, which keeps the cycle of domestic violence going with their own partners, spouses and children. Many also lead a life of crime, with a 59% increase in the likelihood of being arrested as juveniles, a 28% greater chance of being arrested as adults, and a 30% greater likelihood of committing violent crimes as adults. EMTs responding to homes where abuse may be occurring are presented with unique opportunities to identify families at risk for child abuse. Knowledge of risk factors, signs of abuse/neglect and prevention strategies are necessary to disrupt the cycle of abuse.


The goal of this continuing education module is to improve EMTs’ ability to recognize, report and, if appropriate, treat victims of child abuse.
After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify signs and symptoms that may indicate that a child is a victim of abuse
  • Name four risk factors each for becoming a perpetrator and a victim of child abuse
  • Relate essential elements that must be documented in cases of suspected child abuse

Accreditation Information
This course is designed for EMTs and Paramedics.
This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Basic CEH by OnCourse Learning, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
This course is also approved by the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (provider # 50-1489) for 08/10/17 to 12/01/20.
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Course Originally Released on: 12/6/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/6/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/1/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Neepa D - Chicago, IL  ·  Feb 14, 2019
Very important information about child abuse and what EMS personnel can do.
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Robert B - CAMARILLO, CA  ·  Feb 08, 2019
Great information and a subject that needs more attention.
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Lori Z - Dillon, CO  ·  Feb 05, 2019
5 Child abuse must be taken very seriously and it is to the utmost importance to know the signs.
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Karen W - Los angeles, CA  ·  Feb 03, 2019
this course was great,and It had a great deal of understanding.
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David C - Dade City, FL  ·  Feb 03, 2019
very informative lesson
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Price: $5.00
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