Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Training (PAHT)

In the 2010 Regular Session Kentucky Legislators enacted House Bill 285. This is an Act that amends or creates various provisions throughout Kentucky’s statutory framework and through those amendments mandates training in recognition of pediatric abuse head trauma.

KRS 311A.120

KRS 311A.120 Educational course and continuing education for medical technicians and first responders. The board shall require continuing education for emergency medical technicians or first responders that includes the completion of one and one-half (1.5) hours of board approved continuing education covering the recognition and prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma, as defined in KRS 620.020, at least one (1) time every five (5) years. The one and one-half (1.5) hours required under this section shall be included in the current number of required continuing education hours.

KRS 311A.127

The board shall require continuing education for paramedics that includes the completion of one and one-half (1.5) hours of board approved continuing education covering the recognition and prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma, as defined in KRS 620.020, at least one (1) time every five (5) years. The one and one-half (1.5) hours required under this section shall be included in the current number of required continuing education hours.

PAHT Training

Only KBEMS approved courses will be accepted for the completion of this requirement.  In support of this requirement, the Kentucky EMS for Children program is offering continuing education opportunities throughout the commonwealth. In addition to general provider courses, there will also be a Train-the-Trainer option available. Please see the Events Calendar for additional information.

Effective December 31, 2015 all emergency medical responders must maintain documentation of completion of a KBEMS approved PAHT course that is less than five years old.

If you have questions regarding a particular course please contact Morgan Scaggs, EMS-C Program Manager to verify approval.