Acute Management of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

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Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a rare but very serious presentation with the potential to cause significant, lifelong disability. There are currently about 20,800 people in Australia living with an SCI, with an estimated 380 new injuries occurring in 2021. In cases of suspected SCI, immediate, appropriate management is crucial in preventing further trauma and maintaining the physiological stability of the patient and preventing further trauma.

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A spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when the spinal cord is damaged via compression (axial loading), bruising, hyperflexion, hyperextension, rotation or penetration, causing loss of feeling or functional mobility. Patients with an SCI may experience a complete or partial loss of sensory and/or motor function in their arms, legs and/or body. The extent of symptoms depends on the severity of the injury and the area of the spinal cord that was damaged.


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Jane Mateer is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience in prehospital, metropolitan and military settings. Her qualifications include a master in public health and a graduate diploma in advanced practice (nurse practitioner), as well as certificates in emergency nursing and education. A specialist in emergency, paediatric and trauma care, Jane currently works as a clinical nurse educator in paediatric care, having previously worked as a clinical nurse consultant, educator, manager and university lecturer. She is currently completing a PhD into the experiences of Australian Army Nursing Officers in armed conflict.
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