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UNDERSTANDING SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME

CARBAUGH, SUZANNE FRANKLIN RNC, MS, APRN, NNP

Section Editor(s): GRACEY, KARIN M. RNC, MSN, CNNP, SERIES EDITOR

Advances in Neonatal Care:
doi: 10.1016/j.adnc.2004.01.004
THE LONG ROAD HOME: The Art and Science of Caring: Focus on the Family
Abstract

Health care professionals involved in the care of infants are in an ideal position to identify and to educate families, the public, and other health care professionals about the risk factors, dangers, and consequences of infant shaking. The purpose of this article is to review the incidence, biomechanics, risk factors, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and prognosis of shaken baby syndrome (SBS), as well as to encourage involvement in SBS prevention through the use of a family teaching tool. Education is essential to decrease the incidence, morbidity, and mortality of SBS.

Author Information

Primary Children's Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Address reprint requests to Suzanne Franklin Carbaugh, RNC, MS, APRN, Primary Children's Medical Center, 100 N. Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84113-1100. E-mail: pcscarba@inc.net

© 2004 National Association of Neonatal Nurses