Abusive head trauma: A case study

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Abstract

Abusive head trauma (AHT) has greater mortality and morbidity than any other form of physical abuse. Therefore, early recognition and accurate diagnosis are essential for comprehensive investigation and appropriate treatment of infants who present with this devastating traumatic injury. Advanced practice nurses need to have a thorough understanding of AHT in order to promptly and accurately assess and manage these infants. Using a case-based approach, the epidemiology, pathophysiology, mechanisms of injury, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of AHT are described. This article also discusses AHT prevention and implications for advanced practice nurses caring for these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-286
Number of pages10
JournalAdvanced Emergency Nursing Journal
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009

Keywords

  • Abusive head trauma
  • Child abuse
  • Infant abuse
  • Nonaccidental trauma
  • Physical abuse
  • Shaken baby syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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