Acute Spinal Cord Injury: Using Evidence in the Critical Care Unit for Optimal Outcomes

Author(s): Timmerman Rosemary

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Decision-making, MultiSystem

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

An acute spinal cord injury (SCI) is a life-changing event with the capacity to profoundly affect patient well-being. Because resuscitation, prevention of complications and early rehabilitation impact functional outcomes, critical care nurses must use scientific evidence to direct their care. This session presents strategies to help nurses with an intermediate level of knowledge about SCI care use evidence-based guidelines in order to optimize outcomes.


  • Identify interventions needed to minimize secondary spinal cord injuries.
  • Verbalize three ways to reduce the risk for hospital-acquired conditions in the acute spinal cord injury population.
  • Formulate a plan of care that facilitates early rehabilitation in the acute spinal cord injury population.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

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