Spinal Cord Injury, Part 1: The Acute Phase - SLPA2067

Spinal Cord Injury, Part 1: The Acute Phase

by Christine Rutledge, MSN, RN, CRRN
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This course is credentialed for:
Audiology/SLP (0.10 CEU)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


Healthcare professionals interact with people with spinal cord injury (SCI) in many practice settings, including the paramedic or EMT 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 a variety of settings who may care for a person with a SCI throughout his or her life. People with SCIs are living longer. Despite significant advances in SCI treatment outcomes in the past several decades, a SCI has lifelong effects on a person’s physical, psychological, financial, vocational, and social functioning. This two-part series on SCI will provide healthcare professionals with information about the management of acute and chronic SCI. Part one 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, EMTs/paramedics, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists with information about the acute phase of SCI. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe basic spinal cord anatomy and common mechanisms of SCI.
  • Identify changes in bodily functions after SCI.
  • Discuss 13 high-risk nursing diagnoses that affect people with SCI in the acute phase of treatment.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, athletic trainers, audiologists, dietitians, EMTs/paramedics, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists: 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 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.
If you wish to earn ASHA CEUs, you must enter an ASHA Member Number as one of the licenses in your user profile. If you do not yet have an ASHA Member Number, please enter one anyway.  Please use “11111111” in the license number field and any date in the Date Issued and Date Expires fields. You can edit the license information later after you are issued your member number.
Remember, ASHA CEUs cannot be awarded retroactively, so it is very important that you follow the instructions for earning ASHA CEUs. If you have any questions, contact ce@oncourselearning.com or 800-866-0919. Only those participants who follow the instructions for earning ASHA CEUs will have their course information submitted to the ASHA CE Registry.
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).
Christine Rutledge, MSN, RN, CRRN, has worked in the field of orthopedics, neurosurgery, and rehabilitation nursing. She has 30 years of experience with spinal cord injured patients and their families.
Disclosure: Ms. Christine Rutledge has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity. 

Course Originally Released on: 7/15/2002
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/27/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2022

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

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Katey D - Avon, IN  ·  Jan 05, 2020
practical information on symptoms and treatment of spinal cord injuries
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Sharon F - Parkville, MD  ·  Dec 31, 2019
enlightening; can apply to practice
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Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00