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Taking a Pediatric Exposure History
How to Use This Course

Course: WB 1905
CE Original Date: June 3, 2011
CE Renewal Date: June 3, 2013
CE Expiration Date: June 3, 2015
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The goal of Case Studies in Environmental Medicine (CSEM) is to increase the primary care provider’s knowledge of hazardous substances in the environment and to help in evaluating and treating potentially exposed patients. This CSEM focuses on taking a pediatric exposure history.


Two versions of Taking a Pediatric Exposure History CSEM are available.


To make the most effective use of this course, we recommend that you

  • take the Initial Check to assess your current knowledge about taking a pediatric exposure history,
  • read the title, learning objectives, text, and key points in each section,
  • complete the progress check exercises at the end of each section and check your answers, and
  • complete and submit your assessment and post-test response online if you wish to obtain continuing education credit.

Continuing education certificates can be printed immediately upon completion of the assessment and the post-test.

Instructional Format

This course is designed to help you learn efficiently. Topics are clearly labeled so that you can skip sections or quickly scan sections you are already familiar with. This labeling will also allow you to use this training material as a handy reference. To help you identify and absorb important content quickly, each section is structured as follows:

Section ElementPurpose


Serves as a "focus question" that you should be able to answer after completing the section

Learning Objectives

Describes specific content addressed in each section and focuses your attention on important points


Provides the information you need to answer the focus question(s) and achieve the learning objectives

Key Points

Highlights important issues and helps you review

Progress Check

Enables you to test yourself to determine whether you have mastered the learning objectives


Provide feedback to ensure that you understand the content and can locate information in the text

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Taking a Pediatric Exposure History CSEM, you will be able to

Content Area Objectives


  • Clearly define the role of pediatricians in addressing illnesses related to environmental hazards such as toxic substances.

Purpose of the pediatric exposure history

  • Describe the importance of taking a pediatric exposure history.

Exposure prevention

  • Identify steps pediatricians should take to help patients prevent hazardous exposures.

Included in well child visits

  • Describe how to take a screening exposure history for a well child visit

Suspicion of exposure-related illness

  • Identify exposure-related questions to ask during a sick visit.

Clinical assessment

  • Describe how to conduct an “exposure assessment” (medical and environmental evaluation) of a child with exposures (known or suspected) to hazardous substances.

Patient management

  • Describe medical management of a child exposed to hazardous substances.

* This CSEM uses the term pediatrician to designate the clinician. The content, however, is applicable to all child health clinicians.

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