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Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Course Created: 2019

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No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

Brain and spinal cord injuries are common medical emergencies. Brain injuries associated with medical conditions are the third leading cause of death in the United States, and they are the leading cause of disability. If there is an injury to the brain or the spinal cord, this process is disrupted. This disruption can lead to devastating consequences on bodily functions. Trauma or a medical condition may cause injury to the brain or spinal cord. The most common type of brain injury is a stroke, which is also a leading cause of disability and death in the United States. Treatment and care of a patient with a brain or spinal cord injury depends on the cause of the injury, and requires attention to the patient’s nutrition, hydration, and the prevention of complications related to skin care and aspiration.

Course Format

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Course Syllabus

  • Prevalence of Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • The Nervous System
  • Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Treatment of a Stroke
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Transient Ischemic Attack
  • Patient Care
  • Stroke or Spinal Cord injury
  • Case Study
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the general functions of the brain and spinal cord.
  • Identify the most common causes of brain and spinal cord injuries.
  • Discuss a Certified Nursing Assistant’s role in caring for a person with a brain or spinal cord injury.


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