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Goals and Learning Outcomes

The abdominal cavity is relatively unprotected and prone to trauma. Because the abdominal cavity can hold significant amounts of blood without any external signs, abdominal injuries can easily be missed during initial assessment of the patient. Abdominal injuries that are missed can cause significant hypovolemic shock, sepsis, and even death. This module provides healthcare providers with information about the incidence, etiology, identification, and treatment of abdominal trauma. The most common mechanisms of injury are reviewed, as is the need for rapid diagnosis and stabilization. In addition, this module discusses the important roles nurses and other healthcare professionals have during this critical period of managing patients and families in crisis.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe assessment findings associated with abdominal trauma.
  • Recall the symptoms associated with trauma to various abdominal organs.
  • Identify commonly performed diagnostic examinations for abdominal trauma.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/26

Course Originally Released On: 03/01/23

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and  West Virginia Board Of Examiners For Registered Professional Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.