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1

Leading cause of death in spinal cord injuries?

aspiration pneumonia

2

6 conditions highly coordinated with spinal cord injuries/

paralysis, pain, position, paresthesias, ptosis, priapism

3

Is there a way to reverse the initial CNS damage in sc pts?

no

4

Most common avoidable complications in sc injury pts contributing to further damage?

ischemia d/t hypoexmia, hypotension, tissue swelling, delay in treatment

5

What should the radiologic assessment of the sc victim include?

lateral and AP C spine, open mouth X ray, T spine, L spine

6

What view is necessary if C7 is not visualized?

swimmer's view

7

Is spontaneous movement or response to pain indicative of only spinal cord injuries?

no-head injuries too

8

What type of exam should be included in the sc injury pt?

rectal exam

9

What is pentaplegia?

SCI at junction of brain stem and spinal cord, phrenic nerve paralysis

10

What is respiratory quadriplegia?

lesions at C2-C3, sparring the upper most cranial nerves, paralysis of phrenic nerve and nerves that innervate the accessory muscles of respiration

11

What do cervical lesions below C4 mean in relation for respirations?

partial ftning of phrenic nerve, so some degree of voluntary resp control, VC 20-25% of what they should be

12

What do cervical lesions below C6 mean for respiratory control?

full diaphragmatic control, accessory muscle can be affected and expansion of rib cage from accessory muscle accounts for 60% of TV

13

What is Ondine's curse?

spontaneous ventilation only occurs with voluntary effort so breathing ceases when sleeping, it occurs after surgical or traumatic injury to the spinal cord at level C2-C4

14

How long does spinal shock after a spinal cord injury last?

1-3 weeks

15

Acute SCI Shock: extent of hypotension is related to?

level of SCI and is more pronounced in cervical lesions

16

Why does hypotension occur in acute SCI shock?

loss of vascular tone and preload

17

Why is bradycardia noted in cervical regions?

predominance of vagal tone in cervical region

18

Where are the cardioaccelerator fibers?

T1-T4

19

What are some cardiac dysrythmias associated with acute SCI?

brady, p wave changes, increased PR intervals, ectopic beats, CHB

20

3 HD changes associated w acute SCI?

bradycardia, irregular respirations, hypotension

21

What type of SCI pt should you avoid suxxs in?

paraplegic

22

Suxxs is safe to use in SCI what days after injury?

4-7 days after

23

If traction is not in place, what must be done during airway management by one person?

head stabilization

24

If the pt has a partial neuro deficit or none, what do you have to keep in mind about intubation?

awake intubation desirable to neuro assess can be done again after intubation

25

Hypotension resolves usually how many hours after SCI?

48 hours

26

The most profound episodes of bradycardia happen on what days after the SCI?

3rd-5th post injury days

27

What is important to maintain flow to the sc?

maintain SBP

28

SCI should have what HD monitor?

art line

29

Lesions above what level abolish phrenic nerve ftn and require mech vent?

C4

30

C3-C4 pts can be weaned from vent, but are at risk for?

sleep apnea esp w suppressants