• Fact Sheet
  • March 19, 2020

Abdominal Emergencies PLS Course Detail

This course reviews basics of the GI tract, age-specific factors to consider when evaluating pediatric patients, conditions patients may present with, and treatment procedures for abdominal emergencies. Learn more about this course below and see related courses on the Pediatric Learning Solutions PICU Library page. 


  • Identify manifestations, causes and risk factors of abdominal emergencies including abdominal compartment syndrome, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), Hirschsprung’s disease, pyloric stenosis, volvulus, intussusception, appendicitis, abdominal trauma, and the surgical abdomen.
  • Differentiate emergent and non-emergent abdominal conditions.
  • Discuss diagnostic tools used in identifying abdominal emergencies.
  • Describe medical and surgical management of each specific abdominal emergency.
  • Discuss discharge planning and patient/family education.

Key Features

  • X-ray, ultrasound, and illustrated examples. 
  • Insights on medical management as well as patient and family education materials for each condition.
  • Interactive scenarios allow learners to review patient files before answering questions. 

Quick Facts

  • Course Released 2020.

More Details

Abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting are among the most frequent concerns of pediatric patients presenting to primary care or emergency departments. Children with emergent abdominal conditions may present with normal appearance, level of consciousness and work of breathing, making it difficult to differentiate emergent from non-emergent abdominal conditions.

NOTE: This course is only available to staff at PLS Participating Hospitals through their Learning Management Systems. If you are interested, please check with your organization’s learning staff or contact Patty Kohn to learn more.