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- a trauma in the spinal cord (partial or complete) that traumatize and disrupt the nerve tracts and neurons within our system.  A spinal cord injury can be classified as either complete or incomplete

PATIENT WITH SPINAL CORD INJURY ASSESSMENT:

ACUTE RESPIRATORY FAILURE

COMPROMISED RESPIRATORY FUNCTION

SENSORY AND MOTOR PARALYSIS WITHIN OR BELOW LEVEL OF INJURY.

Spinal Shock

- is also called a neurogenic shock.

Assessment includes:

  • DECREASE OR LOSS OF REFLEX ACTIVITY, FLACCID PARALYSIS, BRADYCARDIA.
  • USUALLY OCCURS WITHIN SEVERAL HOURS RIGHT AFTER INJURY.
  • LOSS MOVEMENTS OF MUSCLES (FLACCID PARALAYSIS), BOWEL AND BLADDER.

Autonomic Dysreflexia

- also known as autonomic hyperrefelexia.

- caused by stimulus to the bladder or bowel

- Try to limit the catheterization of spinal cord patients to once every 12-14 hrs.

Asessment includes:

  • HYPERTENSION (SEVERE)
  • HEADACHE (THROBBING)

- also known as autonomic hyperrefelexia.

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