Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma - PT656

Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma

by Nancy Winouski, MSN, RN, APN, CPNP and Kirtley Ceballos, MSN, RNC-NIC, PCNS-BC
(4.4 / 462 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
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Pediatric abusive head trauma (AHT), or shaken baby syndrome (SBS), is a severe form of child abuse that most often involves infants. The term “shaken baby syndrome” has been used for decades to describe abusive head trauma inflicted on infants and young children. Shaking can cause neurological injury, but blunt impact, or a combination of shaking and blunt impact can also cause injury, hence the term AHT. The outcome of this violent action can be complete recovery, permanent brain damage or death. Head injuries are the chief cause of traumatic death and the leading cause of child abuse fatalities in children younger than 2 years. Early recognition and diagnosis is essential. Healthcare professionals often miss the signs and symptoms, which can be attributed to the lack of external signs of abuse. Recognition of high-risk families and education for parents and caregivers are key to prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma.


This course has been approved for 2 hours by the Commission on Case Manager Certification for 2013 and 2014.
The goal of this pediatric abusive head trauma continuing education program is to provide nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and social workers information about the incidence, mechanism of injury, risk factors, clinical presentation, physical findings, prognosis, and prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma in infants and children. (Note: The term “shaken baby syndrome” will also be used; it is widely used in the literature and a recognized term although shaking alone may not account for all injuries.) After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the risk factors, clinical presentation and physical findings of pediatric abusive head trauma in children
  • Discuss the mechanism of injury of pediatric abusive head trauma and the diagnostic workup and prognosis
  • Describe how healthcare providers as a team can educate families, the public, and other healthcare professionals about pediatric abusive head trauma to help reduce the incidence, morbidity and mortality

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and social workers.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in TX. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the OH Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 13S1226 for 05/09/13 to 05/09/14; 14S1210 for 05/10/14 to 05/10/15; 15S1255 for 05/11/15 to 05/11/16; 16S1800 for 05/12/16 to 05/12/17; 17S5453 for 05/13/17 to 05/13/18); the FL Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP130020813 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021509 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150023675 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27166 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539134 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539134 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the TN Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 5064 for 06/18/13 to 06/17/14; 5691 for 06/18/14 to 06/17/15; 6152 for 06/18/15 to 06/17/16; 2016-192 for 06/18/16 to 06/17/17; 2017 for 06/18/2017 to 06/17/2018); the PA Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE004855 for 07/13/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007103 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010045 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1280-2012 for 05/28/13 to 01/31/14; 231-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the MD State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 07/23/13 to 07/23/17 and the NV State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 05/21/13 to 07/31/14; 08/01/14 to 07/31/16; 08/01/16 to 07/31/18.
The IL Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The IL Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4891 for 06/01/13 to 06/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 6/14/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/24/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/24/2018


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Angela K - Pottsville, PA  ·  Aug 31, 2018
helpful to reviewing this topic
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Almario Alexis G. O - Jacksonville, FL  ·  May 29, 2018
Very informative course about child abuse!
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William V - LAKELAND, FL  ·  Apr 03, 2018
very good thank you whvr jr
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CRYSTAL R - Jurupa Valley, CA  ·  Mar 27, 2018
good information to help identify patients with AHT or families at risk
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Kathy L - Wyomissing, PA  ·  Jan 16, 2018
informative & helpful appropriate for my clients
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