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Nursing Interventions for Acute Spinal Cord Injury: In a Nutshell

by Rhonda Lawes

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    00:01 So let's wrap this video series up.

    00:02 For spinal cord injuries, prehospital and emergency room priorities are to maintain the airway and prevent secondary or further injury of the spinal cord.

    00:13 Now, we add that extra letter for you, ABC and D.

    00:17 Remember, airway, breathing, circulation, those are the same and everything.

    00:21 The D was to remind you about disability, the neurological status and not making that spinal cord injury any worse.

    00:29 Now when you're thinking through the clinical manifestations of a spinal cord injury, you wanna think that you can have problems developed in the neurological system, motor and sensory, the heart, the lungs, GI and the urinary systems.

    00:46 So in order to do excellent care for this patient, you wanna be thinking through each one of those systems and the interventions that are most appropriate.

    00:55 Spinal cord injury patients also develop complications of immobility and pain management.

    01:00 So these will take a little longer to develop.

    01:02 You wanna be on the alert to watch for signs to assess in both of these areas.

    01:07 Thank you for watching our video today.


    About the Lecture

    The lecture Nursing Interventions for Acute Spinal Cord Injury: In a Nutshell by Rhonda Lawes is from the course Spinal Cord Injuries and Syndromes (Nursing) .


    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Clinical manifestations can develop in many body systems.
    2. Complications of pain and immobility often occur.
    3. Prioritization of care should follow the ABCD model.
    4. Emotional effects are uncommon after injury.
    5. All injuries of this type can improve with time.

    Author of lecture Nursing Interventions for Acute Spinal Cord Injury: In a Nutshell

     Rhonda Lawes

    Rhonda Lawes


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