Shaken Baby Syndrome: Accident or Abuse?
Shaken Baby Syndrome [SBS] refers to the constellation of injuries babies and very young children sustain from being violently shaken. SBS is a significant cause of infant death and disability, with the majority of victims under six months of age. Children who sustain life threatening injuries from this syndrome experience violent shaking with rapid angular deceleration, often also associated with a terminal impact. The purpose of this article is to present an overview of SBS, including incidence, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and expected outcome. The biomechanics of injury differentiating inflicted from accidental trauma will also be reviewed.

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Author:Karen Edmondson RN, MN
Course No:SBS080811
Contact Hours:1.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Community & Home Health
Critical Care Medicine
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Leadership & Case Management
Medical & Surgical Issues
Pediatric Medicine
Peri-Natal Medicine

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Learning Objectives
  • Discuss the incidence of Shaken Baby Syndrome [SBS].
  • Identify risk factors related to SBS.
  • Describe presenting signs indicative of SBS.
  • Compare and contrast injuries of non-accidental head injury versus accidental head injury.
  • Explain the diagnostic tools used with SBS.
  • State expected outcomes related to SBS.


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