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Trauma Series: Spinal Cord Injuries

Trauma Series: Spinal Cord Injuries

Course author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
Contact Hours: 6.0
Price: $17.94
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Price includes all materials and certificate of completion.

Target audience:
   Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses,
   Licensed Practical Nurses, and Medical Assistants

Format: Homestudy
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Course Description
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.

Course Outline
  1. Introduction
    1. Definition
    2. Epidemiology
  2. Types of Spinal Injuries
    1. Cuts
    2. Compression
    3. Displacement
    4. Bleeding/Fluid Buildup
    5. Swelling
  3. Common Causes
    1. Motor Vehicle Accidents
    2. Assault
    3. Industrial Accidents
    4. Sports Injuries
    5. Gunshot Wounds
  4. Contributing Factors
    1. Rheumatoid Arthritis
    2. Osteoporosis
    3. Spinal Stenosis
  5. Injury Levels
    1. Cervical (near the neck) injuries
    2. Thoracic (chest level) injuries
    3. Lumbar Sacral (lower back) injuries
  6. Diagnosis
    1. CT Scan/MRI
    2. Myelogram
    3. SSEP or Magnetic Stimulation
    4. X-rays
  7. Treatment
    1. Stabilization
    2. Management
    3. Corticosteroids
    4. Surgery
    5. Bedrest
    6. Traction
    7. Physical Therapy
    8. Medication
    9. Other therapies
  8. Prognosis
  9. Summary
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There is no "off label" usage of drugs or products discussed in this course.

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