Trauma Series: Spinal Cord Injuries
Most spinal injuries don't completely sever the spinal cord. Instead, a spinal injury is more likely to cause fractures and compression of the vertebrae, which then crush and destroy nerve cells that carry signals up and down the spinal cord between the brain and the rest of the body. Some spinal cord injuries will allow almost complete recovery, and others will result in complete paralysis. However, there is hope on the horizon. Improved emergency care for people with spinal cord injuries and aggressive treatment and rehabilitation can minimize damage to the nervous system and even restore limited abilities. This course will provide advanced learning for nurses interested in the management of the trauma patient with a spine injury.
- Types of Spinal Injuries
- Bleeding/Fluid Buildup
- Common Causes
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Industrial Accidents
- Sports Injuries
- Contributing Factors
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Injury Levels
- Cervical (near the neck) injuries
- Thoracic (chest level) injuries
Lumbar Sacral (lower back) injuries
- CT Scan/MRI
- SSEP or Magnetic Stimulation
- Physical Therapy
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