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.
The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses, athletic trainers, audiologists, dietitians, fitness professionals, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists 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
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation
Domain of OT: Activity Demands
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, athletic trainers, audiologists, dietitians, fitness professionals, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.
Occupational Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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