Caring for Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

Caring for Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

Type: Article
Expiration Date: 05/01/2019
Location: Online

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Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are a significant cause of disability, with profound—and in many cases devastating—consequences. According to recent data, about 12,000 SCIs occur annually in the United States, and up to 250,000 Americans are living with SCIs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that SCI-related medical costs amount to about $9.7 billion each year.

Most SCIs result from direct trauma to the vertebral column, affecting the spinal cord’s ability to send and receive messages to and from the brain. The disruption impairs the systems that control sensory, motor, and autonomic functions below the injury level. This article differentiates the types of SCIs and describes clinical and diagnostic evaluation, treatment, and nursing care for patients with SCIs. It assumes readers have a basic understanding of spinal cord anatomy and physiology.

Key Learning Outcomes

  1. Differentiate the types of spinal cord injuries (SCIs).
  2. Describe the evaluation of patients with SCIs.
  3. Discuss treatment of patients with SCIs.

Presented By


Mark Bauman, MS, RN, CCRN, is a clinical educator at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

Tammy Russo-McCourt, BSN, RN, CCRN, is a senior clinical nurse at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

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