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Impaired Temperature Regulation – Nursing Interventions for Acute Spinal Cord Injury

by Rhonda Lawes

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    00:00 Okay. Now there is a word. I just want you to try and sound that out on your own.

    00:06 Yeah. That's a weird one. Well, if you could say it, what do you think it means? Okay. It's the inability to control body temperature due to a spinal cord injury.

    00:20 So, knowing that, this is something that can happen pretty often with a spinal cord injury.

    00:26 Our job is to watch that temperature regulation.

    00:28 So the patient's body temperature will be equal to the room temperature.

    00:33 Think about like how we handle babies.

    00:35 Whatever the room temperature is that's what the patient is gonna be.

    00:39 So, peripheral temperature sensations, they aren't delivered to the hypothalamus.

    00:43 Usually that's what controls it, but the information highway, your spinal cord has been damaged.

    00:50 So the hypothalamus doesn't get the right signals that's why they can't regulate their temperature.

    00:55 So the patient just has a lowered ability to sweat or shiver below the level of spinal cord injury.

    01:02 So the higher the spinal cord injury, the more significant the problem.

    01:07 But remember, they can't sweat or shiver very well below the level of the spinal cord injury.

    01:14 So you could potentially see some very unusual symptoms when someone's trying to regulate their temperature.

    01:21 So you're gonna watch their body temperature closely, and you have to respond appropriately, so be ready.

    01:26 You're gonna put blankets on, you're gonna take them off.

    01:28 You’re gonna put them off, you're gonna take them off because you have to be the temperature regulator for patients that are struggling with this.

    01:35 They can't do it for themselves.


    About the Lecture

    The lecture Impaired Temperature Regulation – Nursing Interventions for Acute Spinal Cord Injury by Rhonda Lawes is from the course Spinal Cord Injuries and Syndromes (Nursing) .


    Included Quiz Questions

    1. The inability to control their body temperature
    2. The inability to control their bladder
    3. The inability to control their weight
    4. The inability to control their bowels

    Author of lecture Impaired Temperature Regulation – Nursing Interventions for Acute Spinal Cord Injury

     Rhonda Lawes

    Rhonda Lawes


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