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Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2 hours
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Course Summary

Pediatric abusive head trauma has a high rate of occurrence in the United States. It is a major cause of physical injury and death in children. Clinicians need to be aware of the risk factors and to be prepared to pursue a careful history and physical examination early in the evaluation period when care has been sought to avoid serious complications of injuries associated with pediatric abusive head trauma. Prevention strategies and support for parents to seek help to avoid pediatric abusive head trauma, such as the Period of PURPLE Crying program, are discussed.

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Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction
II.           Incidence of Head Trauma and Child Abuse
1.   Detection and Incidence
2.   Child Abuse
III.         Shaken Baby Syndrome
1.   Mechanism of Injury
IV.          Risk Factors of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma
V.            Clinical Presentation and Diagnosis
1.   Retinal Hemorrhage and Other Ocular Damage
2.   Intracranial Bleeding: Subdural Hemorrhage
3.   Fractures
4.   Encephalopathy
5.   Testing and Consultation
VI.          Management and Prevention: The Period of Purple Crying
VII.       Summary


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