Healthcare professionals interact with people with spinal cord injury in many practice settings, including the paramedic who extricates a patient from the scene of an accident, the ED nurse who encounters the patient immediately after injury, and the nurses and therapists in acute care, obstetrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, home health and school settings who may care for a person with an SCI throughout his or her life. This two-part series on SCI will provide healthcare professionals, including rehabilitation team members, with information about the management of acute and chronic SCI. Part 1 reviews basic spinal cord anatomy, describes common mechanisms of SCI and changes in bodily function after injury and discusses patient management during the acute phase of SCI treatment.
This CE activity is accredited for 1.00 Basic CEH by Relias LLC, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Florida Board of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)
1. The Normal Spinal Cord
2. Mechanisms of Injury
3. Effects of SCI
4. The American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale
5. The Moment of Injury
6. High-Risk Nursing Diagnoses During the Acute Phase
Instructor: Maureen Habel, MA, RN
Christine Rutledge, MSN, RN, CRRN, has worked in the field of orthopedics, neurosurgery, and rehabilitation nursing. She has 30 years of experience with spinal cord injured patients and their families.Disclosure: Christine Rutledge, RN, MSN, CRRN, CBIS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Maureen Habel, MA, RN, has been a director of nursing staff development and a director of clinical nursing services. She has taught healthcare management and leadership courses, and has played a key role as an American Red Cross disaster nurse. An award-winning nursing writer, Habel currently lives in Seal Beach, CA. Disclosure: Maureen Habel, MA, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Anna Ver Hage, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN
Anna Ver Hage MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN is a Certified Critical Care Nurse, Certified Neuroscience Nurse, Stroke Care Registered Nurse, and an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She currently serves as stroke nurse practitioner in the division of neurological critical care at Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa, Arizona. Anna has worked as a nurse and nurse practitioner for over 20 years in the critical care area in numerous university settings across the United States. Anna is an active member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN). Disclosure: Anna Ver Hage, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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