Jeffery P. is a 19yo college student who recently suffered a T12 fracture with resulting paraplegia while playing football. He is a week post operatively from spinal stabilization surgery.
SpO2 97 on 2LNC
What motor and sensory deficits to you expect when assessing Jeffery?
What is the pathophysiology of the primary and secondary injury when a spinal cord is injured?
Compare the differences between spinal and neurogenic shock. Is Jeffery experiencing either one currently? How do you know?
How is severity of a spinal cord injury classified?
What complications is Jeffery at risk for related to the severity and level of his injury?
Describe the rehabilitation Jeffery will likely participate in?
What education and support might Jeffery need before he goes home? (Sometimes this is very personal and it is important to aIDress all his concerns – hint, hint)