Recognizing & Preventing Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma


About the Course 
This course is designed for healthcare professionals involved in either pediatric care or emergency settings, focusing on identifying and treating abusive head trauma (AHT) in infants and children. Timely and precise diagnosis is crucial for maximizing positive outcomes. Additionally, accurate diagnosis is essential, as misdiagnosis may result in additional AHT, other forms of trauma to the infant/child, or irreversible harm to the family if AHT is wrongly identified.   

AGD Subject Code: 155

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to: 

  • Recognize the current statistics on abusive head trauma (AHT) in infants and children. 
  • Recall signs, symptoms, and long-term complications of abusive head trauma in infants and children.
  • Identify the treatment for abusive head trauma in infants and children. 
  • Recall signs and symptoms that are not indicative of AHT. 
  • Identify ways of communicating with the health care team findings suggestive of AHT and those findings which are not suggestive AHT. 
  • Recognize strategies for educating families on both the prevention and recognition of AHT.  

About the Author/Presenter 
Margaret-Ann Carno, PhD, MBA, MJ, CPNP-AC/PC, FAAN, has over 25 years of pediatric nursing care experience both in inpatient and outpatient settings. This includes pediatric critical care, where she has taken care of children who have suffered abuse. She is a duly certified acute and primary pediatric nurse practitioner. She is currently teaching at the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing in the Nurse Practitioner program.  

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest 
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. 
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