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Spinal Cord Injury, Part 1 - OT536

Spinal Cord Injury, Part 1

The Acute Phase

by Melinda F. Rybski, OTR/L, PhD and Maureen Habel, RN, MA and Anna Ver Hage, RN, MSN, ACNP, CCRN, CNRN
(4.4 / 400 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Despite significant advances in spinal cord injury treatment outcomes in the past several decades, an SCI produces lifelong effects on a person’s physical, psychological, financial, vocational and social functioning.While incidence and prevalence rates have not changed significantly over the past 30 years, there is a higher percentage of persons surviving with tetraplegic and complete lesions.
OTs interact with people with SCIs in many practice settings, including acute care, pediatrics, rehabilitation, home health and schools. The OT’s specific emphasis on social, emotional, physiological and physical effects of illness and injury leads to clients’ reengagement in desired daily occupations within their own environment and across their lifespan. The goal of this continuing education program is to provide OTs with information about the acute phase of SCI. 


The goal of this program is to provide nurses, dietitians, EMTs and paramedics, fitness professionals, speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists with information about the acute phase of spinal cord injury. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe basic spinal cord anatomy and common mechanisms of spinal cord injury
  • Identify changes in bodily functions after spinal cord injury
  • Discuss nine high-risk nursing diagnoses that affect people with spinal cord injury in the acute phase of treatment

Content Level: Intermediate

Content Focus

Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation
Domain of OT: Activity Demands
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention


Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, dietitians, EMTs and paramedics, fitness professionals, speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists.
Occupational Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Gannett Healthcare Group is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
Gannett Education is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 11/14/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/14/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/14/2015

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no real or perceived conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Gannett Education guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

This course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.

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Erica S - Riverside, IL  ·  Apr 17, 2014
Good overview of spinal cord injury
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Melody M - Amory, MS  ·  Mar 11, 2014
loved refreshing my education skills on sci.
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Kusam L - San Antonio, TX  ·  Jan 29, 2014
Interesting and refreshing the knowledge.
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Connie R - Schertz, TX  ·  Jan 15, 2014
This is a basic overview of SCI. I learned a few facts that may help me in the future.
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Leanna S - olive branch, MS  ·  Jan 14, 2014
good overview of spinal cord injuries
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Price: $19.00
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