Spinal Cord Injury, Part 1: The Acute Phase
by Instructor: Anna Ver Hage, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN; Instructor: Christine Rutledge, RN, MSN, CRRN, CBIS; Instructor: Dana Lusk, DNPc, RN, CRRN; Instructor: Maureen Habel, MA, RN
Credentialed for: Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

$20.00

i 1.00 CEH

Course Overview

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.

About the Course Author

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.

Christine Rutledge, RN, MSN, CRRN, CBIS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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    1.00HOURS

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791 Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CE Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290 Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • American Occupational Therapy Association

    1.00HOURS

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    Activity Number: 113611 Learning Need Code(s): 3000, 3030, 5000, 5300 CPE Level: Level II

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    1.00HOURS

    This course has been approved by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 1.0 contact hours, approval number 20-719890.
  • Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)

    1.00HOURS

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    1.00HOURS

    Approved for 1.0 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed dietitians by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-D1058. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
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  • Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy

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    Alabama State Board Of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Georgia Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    Georgia Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290 Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing

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    This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CE provider #50-290) CE Broker Course # 20-719890
  • West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

    1.00HOURS

    West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • New Mexico Board of Nursing

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    New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider # 50-290) This course awards 1.0 contact hours upon successful completion.
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    Arkansas State Board Of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners

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    Arizona Board Of Occupational Therapy Examiners (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS

    Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • South Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy

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    South Carolina Board Of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Louisiana State Board Medical Examiners- Occupational Therapy

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    Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners - Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Mississippi State Department of Health- Occupational Therapy

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    Mississippi State Department of Health- Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.


Course Details

  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-CE536
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-05-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2022-06-27
  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe basic spinal cord anatomy and common mechanisms of SCI.; Discuss 13 high-risk nursing diagnoses that affect people with SCI in the acute phase of treatment.; Identify changes in bodily functions after SCI.
  • Outline:

    1.       The Normal Spinal Cord

    2.       Mechanisms of Injury

    3.       Effects of SCI

    4.       The American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale

    5.       The Moment of Injury

    6.       High-Risk Nursing Diagnoses During the Acute Phase

  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Athletic Trainers; Dietitians; entry level Emergency Medical Personnel; Fitness Professionals; intermediate level Occupational Therapists; Nurses; Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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