Credit Information: Nurses – ANCC and CBRN Accreditation Statements
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.
DISCLAIMER: Accreditation refers to educational content only and does not imply ANCC, CBRN or WOCN Society endorsement of any commercial product or service.
Target Audience: RN, Nurse Practitioners, Health Care Professionals who work with WOC patients.
Program Overview: There are 250,000 Americans with a spinal cord injury and approximately 11,000 new injuries each year. Spinal cord injuries maintain a rigid schedule that encompasses a bowel and bladder program along with periodic cycles of pressure relief. When an SCI is admitted to the hospital their schedule is not taken into consideration as most nursing staff do not know the proper care of a SCI patient. If bowel and bladder is not managed while in the hospital, there could be many issues that could occur. There could be incontinence which could be seen as bad behavior and the moisture to the skin could lead to moisture associated skin damage. This could lead to the beginnings of a pressure injury if the individual is not repositioned. If bowel and bladder is not managed properly it could lead to damage to the kidneys or bowel. The most serious disorder that can occur in certain spinal cord individuals is called autonomic dysreflexia. If this condition is not recognized, it could lead to death.
In this session, speaker will provide the learner with what is needed to educate the hospital staff nurse on caring for the spinal cord injury patient.
Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this session, you will achieve the knowledge that is necessary to educate hospital nursing staff on proper care of the spinal cord injury patient in bowel and bladder management, prevention of pressure injury and autonomic dysreflexia.
Disclosures: The planners and faculty for this session reported no relevant relationships with commercial interest organizations. This presentation was reviewed to ensure no bias was present.
Commercial Support or Non-Commercial Sponsorship: There is no commercial support or non-commercial sponsorship for this activity.
RN, BSN, MSN, CWCN, CCCN,
Spinal Cord Injury Nurse Case Manager,
Department of Veterans Affairs