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  1. McInerney, Susan BSN, RN, CCPN
  2. Nanassy, Autumn D. MA
  3. Lavella, Heather MSN, BSN, RN, CCPN
  4. Thompson, Rochelle MS
  5. Sandhu, Rebecca BSN, RN, CCPN
  6. Meyer, Loreen K. MSN, RN, CCRN, CPEN


Background: Shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma (SBS/AHT) is the leading cause of child abuse death. Our institution piloted an evidence-based educational program to increase nurse and caregiver knowledge about SBS/AHT.


Methods: Nurses participated in a pretest survey, completed online implementation training, and then were given a posttest survey to determine the change in SBS/AHT knowledge. Once trained, nurses disseminated information to caregivers with children younger than 6 months. Caregivers (N = 87) watched an educational video, reviewed information in a booklet with a nurse, and participated in teach-back related to key points of the intervention in both a hospital and the community setting.


Results: Prior to the education, nurses (n = 115) scored 8.03 out of 10.00 on the SBS/AHT assessment. Following the intervention, nurses (n = 120) scored 9.00 out of 10.00 on the assessment, t(233) = -6.61, p < .001. During education, caregivers (n = 69) were able to recall 8.55 out of 12 key educational components. In the community setting, caregivers (n = 18) worked together to recall 12 out of the 12 key components. Caregivers were most likely to recall ways to comfort their crying baby (94%) and why shaking a baby is dangerous (93%).


Conclusion: This pilot study significantly increased nurses' knowledge of SBS/AHT and provided education to caregivers about SBS/AHT.