Virtual Grand Rounds – What Every Physician Needs to Know About Non-Fatal Strangulation

From October 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021

New course will be available on demand and accreditation available for a limited time only.

Course Description

As a medical professional, you may encounter patients like “Tanika,” a nurse who was strangled by her husband in San Diego. Tanika presented to a California emergency department six days post strangulation at the urging of a San Diego Police Department domestic violence detective. Tanika reported that she had been placed in a “choke hold” and may have lost consciousness. What would you do if you saw Tanika?

She had no evidence of external neck trauma, had no difficulty swallowing, and was essentially asymptomatic as six days had passed from the strangulation. The detective had received training from the Institute on the unseen dangers of neck compression and the need for radiographic imaging of neck vessels post strangulation.

The emergency physician appropriately ordered a CTA. The radiologist soon notified the physician that Tanika had bilateral carotid dissections.She was anticoagulated for 9 months and survived without any morbidity. Had the emergency physician failed to order this life-saving CTA and discharged her home because she had no visible neck trauma and was asymptomatic, Tanika would have likely suffered a major stroke and may have died.

This 60-minute course is recommended to help doctors and medical professionals understand the incredible significance of handling cases where a victim has been strangled as well as how laws like EMTALA impact these cases. These cases are being mishandled in many places; these grand rounds will teach doctors what they need to know about treating these patients.

Attendees of our training learn: that doctors may not receive training on how to evaluate victims who say they have been choked; it is important to understand how to treat these patients and evaluate for internal injury; an overview on the physical mechanics of strangulation and structures of the neck.

Outcomes include an increased awareness in victims presenting with strangulation and improved medical evaluation of strangulation.


Price & Accreditation

This course is accredited through The Institute for International Medicine for 1.5 credits.
This course costs $25 for access to 60 minutes of prerecorded video instruction and a set of resources to accompany the video.