Concepts in Trauma Care: Spinal Cord Injuries – MED-ED

Presented by Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CFRN, FAEN, FAAN

Although spinal cord injuries are not as common as many other injuries associated with trauma, the effects that spinal cord injuries have on the patients who sustain them are some of the most devastating when compared with other body systems. This lecture looks at recommendations made by the consortium for spinal cord medicine in the care of the patient with a spinal cord injury, providing both recommendations for care as well as refuting some practices that are no longer considered “standard of care.”

This module prepares the learner to:

  1. Differentiate a partial cord injury based on the description of the neurological deficits of the patients.
  2. List at least five signs and symptoms associated with spinal cord injuries.
  3. Define spinal shock.
  4. Explain the reason that methylprednisolone sodium succinate (Solu-Medrol) is no longer recommended when caring for patients with spinal cord injuries.

Concepts in Trauma Care includes 12 ANCC approved Contact Hours and is available for purchase on MED-ED’s website. To view more about this course, please visit…

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