Spinal Cord Injury: Treatment, Management, and Research (NA2180)

Author(s): Patsy Barnes, RN, BA

Pre-Approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CCM, CDMS, CE Broker Provider, CLCP, CNLCP, COHN/COHN-S, CRCC, CRRN, CVRP, Delaware BON, MSCC, RNs, VRA-Canada

Credit Hours: 8

CCM Credit Hours: 6

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

Spinal cord injury is devastating for those who experience it. In a split second, your life changes forever and there are new skills and challenges ahead. Innovation in medicine and technology have made it such that most patients survive the initial injury and then proceed to the months to years of rehabilitation. Bodies age, and even bodies with spinal cord injury age and change and bring along more challenges. SCI is one of the conditions covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] law that protects and assists those patients to enter the employment field, as well as the education and entertainment industries. There is a myriad of approved “accommodations” in the workplace that can make life easier and more productive for people with SCI. Finally, those who work with our veterans are well aware of the challenges presented by spinal cord injury and the VA has multiple programs specifically for veterans including medical care and rehab, as well as programs for caregivers of veterans, home improvements due to spinal cord injury and a veterans health library that has fact sheets and guides for veterans who have spinal cord injury. the VA has new research on patients with spinal cord injury and also the effect of COVID-19 on veterans with SCI.  This class presents the above topics with current information for healthcare providers, including several fact sheets and guides to share with patients.

Course Objectives

  1. Describe the bodily changes in aging and how they affect those with SCI.

  2. List the benefits and burdens of both power and regular wheelchairs and the importance of the type of wheelchair needed.

  3. Discuss how the ADA law protects those with SCI.

  4. List several workplace accommodations that are approved for people with SCI.

  5. Detail what programs are available for veterans with SCI and new research on SCI including COVID-19 effects on those with spinal cord injury.

Course Outline

  1. Brief overview of spinal cord injury

  2. Aging with SCI

  3. Mobility and choices

  4. Employment and accommodations for those with SCI

  5. Veterans and SCI, including new research by the VA for those with spinal cord injury

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