Spinal Cord Injury‚ Part 1  - AT536

Spinal Cord Injury‚ Part 1

The Acute Phase

by Maureen Habel, MA, RN and Dana Lusk, DNPc, RN, CRRN and Anna Ver Hage, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN
(4.4 / 78 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Athletic Training (1.00 hours)

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


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

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an multiple professions, including nurses, athletic trainers, audiologists, dietitians, fitness professionals, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.
Athletic trainers: 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 www.continuingeducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at cedirect.continuingeducation.com and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers (provider #P1000). This program has been approved for a maximum of 1 hour of Category A continuing education. Difficulty level: essential
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Athletic Training (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 7/15/2002
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/5/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/30/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Emily H - Fairbanks, AK  ·  Mar 12, 2019
Good knowledge for an athletic trainer to have. Often we don't get to see much past making sure the athlete with an injury like this is put in the ambulance.
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Raul G - Oceanside, CA  ·  May 28, 2018
Very informative and will help with my spinal cord injury patients
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Brian D - Austin , TX  ·  Mar 16, 2018
Good reviews on spinal cord injuries
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Katie K - Leesport, PA  ·  Feb 07, 2018
This course taught me more about outcomes of spinal cord injury. Most of my training in the past has been on immediate management of injury, not on the effects of the injury.
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Samantha B - Willow River, MN  ·  Dec 30, 2017
This course provided a great overview of Spinal Cord injuries and the different types that can occur. The information provided regarding the MOI, types, and treatment will be helpful in practice with the occurrence of a SCI.
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Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50