Spinal Cord Injury Case Study Quizlet Flashcards

Chapter 22 Spinal Injury

The Most effective method for decreasing morbidity and mortality associated with spinal cord injury (SCI) is:
public education and prevention strategies.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Database, most spinal cord injuries are caused by:
The LEASE common cause of death in spinal cord injury patients who are discharged from the hospital is:
is the major structure component of the axial skeleton.
The anterior weight bearing structure of the vertebra is the:
supports the weight of the head and permits a high degree of mobility in the multiple planes.
In addition to the supporting muscles and ligaments founds in the vertebral column, the thoracic spine is further stabilized by the:
Because of its weight bearing capacity, the __________ spine is especially susceptible to injury.
although extremely painful, injuries to the ________ spine are typically the LEAST significant.
As the body ages, the intervertebral disc:
lose water content and become thinner.
Herniation of the intervertebral disc occurs when:
stress on the vertebral column forces a disc into the spinal canal.
The ______ is the largest component of the central nervous system and contains billions of neuron that serve a variety of functions.
Which of the following statements regarding the brain stem is MOST correct:
The brain stem connects the spinal cord to the BRAIN.
The innermost meningeal layer that rests directly on the spinal cord is the:
The _______ is a continuation of the central nervous system and exits the skull through the ________.
spinal cord, foramen magnum
The upper thoracic spinal nerves:
innervate the muscles of the chest that help in breathing and coughing.
The phrenic nerve arises from the ________ plexus and the innervates the _________.
What spinal nerve tract carries information regarding pain and temperature?
The afferent and efferent nerves:
are responsible for the somatic functions of the spinal cord.
Beta receptor stimulation results in all of the following effects, EXCEPT:
vascular smooth muscle contraction.
Vagal tone remains intact following a spine injury because:
The vagus nerve originates outside the medulla and regulates the heart via the carotid arteries
Flexion injuries to the spine would MOST likely result from:
rapid deceleration forces.
The only area of the spine that allows for significant rotation is:
A compression or burst fracture of the spine would MOST likely occur following:
a significant fall in which the patient lands head first.
Which of the following statements regarding the Hangman's fracture is MOST correct?
Its a fracture of C2 that is secondary to significant distraction of the neck.
In contrast to secondary spinal cord injury, primarily spinal cord injury occurs:
A spinal cord concussion is :
caused by a short-duration shock or pressure wave within the cord.
Which of the following factors would be the LEAST likely to result in secondary spinal cord injury?
The MOST effective way for the Paramedic to minimize further injury in a patient with a spinal injury is:
spinal motion restriction and prevention of heat loss.
A complete spinal cord injury to the upper cervical spine:
will result in permanent loss of all cord-mediated functions below the level of the injury.
Displacement of bony fragments into the anterior portion of the spinal cord results in:
Which of the following statements regarding central cord syndrome is MOST correct?
The patient typically presents with greater loss of function in the upper extremities than than in the lower extremities.
Proprioception is MOST accurately defined as:
the ability to perceive the position and movement of one's body.
What spinal cord injury is characterized by motor loss on the same side of the injury, but below the lession
Spinal shock is a condition that:
is usually temporary and results from swelling of the spinal cord.
Sign of neurogenic shock include all of the following,EXCEPT:
Hypotension that is associated with neurogenic shock is the result of:
loss of alpha receptor stimulation
Patients with evidence of trauma above the __________ should be considered at risk for an associated spine injury?
In which of the following situations would spinal motion restriction precautions likely NOT be necessary
syncopal episode in which the patient was already seated or supine.
Modification of your physical examination of a patient with a suspected spinal cord injury following a two-car motor vehicle crash is based on all of the following factors, except
injuries to patients in the other vehicle.
Which of the following conditions that can cause an airway obstruction is unique to patients with an injury to the upper cervical spine?
Following a spinal injury, a patient presents with abdominal breathing and use of accessory muscles in the neck. This suggests injury at or above:
A patient with diaphragmatic breathing WITHOUT intercostal muscle use has MOST likely experienced a spinal injury above the level of:
Treatment for a patient with neurogenic shock would LEAST likely include:
prevention of hyperthermia
Any motor or sensory deficits noted during the neurologic examination of the patient with a possible spinal cord injury:
make a note of any neurologic deficits or gross injuries up to that point.
Prior to the immobilization an anxious patient with a suspected spinal injury on a backboard, it is MOST important to:
make note of any neurologic deficit or gross injuries up to that point.
The main advantage of using a scoop stretcher to transfer a patient to a long board is:
inability to conduct a visual exam of the back for injuries.
The MOST significant complications associated with prolonged immobilization of a patient on a long backboard is:
pressure lesion development
The detail exam for a trauma patient with a significant mechanism of injury and signs of a spinal cord injury:
should be perfomed en route to the hospital.
If the mechanism of injury indicates that your patient may have sustained a spinal cord injury:
assume that a spine injury, regardless of the neurologic findings.
The FIRST step in any neurologic assessment involves:
determining the patients level of consciousness.
When assigning a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score to a patient who has limb paralysis due to a spinal cord injury, you should:
ask the patient to blink or move a facial muscle.
When performing a cranial nerve assessment of a patient with a suspected spinal injury, you note that the patient's pupil is constricted and the upper eyelid droops. This indicates an injury to:
inability to feel or move below the level of the nipple line indicates injury to which spinal nerve root?
Hyperacute pain to touch is called:
A positive Babinski reflex is observed when the:
toes move upward in response to stimulation of the foot.
Spinal cord injuries that cause neurologic shock generally produce:
flaccid paralysis and complete loss of sedation distal to the injury.
When moving an injured patient from the ground onto a long backboard, it is generally preferred that you:
use the four-person log roll technique
When immobilizing a patient to a longboard, you should take appropriate BSI precautions and then:
ensure that the patient's head is stabilized manually
An injured patient's head should be secured to the long-board only after:
his or her torso has been secured adequately.
An anxious trauma patient whose head and neck are passively rotated to one side:
should be maintained in this positioning unless breathing is compromised
In which of the following situations would it be MOST appropriate to apply a vest-type extrication device to a patient who is seated in his or her crashed in his or her crashed motor vehicle.
Conscious with neck pain stable vital signs.
When immobilizing a sitting patient with a
assess distal pulse and sensory and motor functions.
When applying a vest-type extrication device to a seated patient, his or her head should be secure to the device:
only after the torso is fastened securely..
If a trauma patient cannot be assessed properly in his or vehicle, you should:
maintain manual stabilization of the head, apply a cervical collar, and move the patient from the vehicle onto a long backboard.
You would MOST likely have several blankets or pillows under a patient's upper back prior to immobilization if he or she has:
When performing the standing takedown technique to immobilize a patient's spine, the patient is secured to the long backboard with straps:
after he or she is lowered to the ground.
Regardless of the method spinal immobilization used, you must:
keep the neck, and trunk in alignment.
A motorcycle or football helmet should be removed if:
the patient is breathing shallowly and access to the airway is difficult.
If methylprednisolone (solu-Medrol) is administered to a patient with a spinal cord injury, it should be given:
less than 3 hours after the injury.
You are dispatched to a senior citizen's center where an elderly woman apparently fainted. When you arrive, you find the patient sitting in a chair. An employee of the center tells you that the caught the patient before she fell to the ground. Your initial assessment reveals that the patients is conscious and alert and is breathing adequately. You should
obtain vital signs and assess her blood glucose level.
A 40-year old unrestrained man ejected from his small truck when it struck a tree. The patient is found approximately 20 feet from the wreckage. Your initial assessment reveals that he is unconscious and has sonorous respirations and a rapid pulse. Your initial actions should include:
manually stabilizing his head and opening his airway with the jaw-thrust maneuver.
You have intubated an unconscious, apneic patient with a suspected spinal injury, After confirming proper ET tube placement and securing the tube,you should:
ventilate at 10 to 12 breaths/min and monitor end-tidal CO2
You are assessing a patient who sustained blunt trauma to the center of his back. He is conscious, but is unable to feel or move his lower extremities. His blood pressure is 80/50 mm Hg, pulse is 40 beats/min and weak, and respirations are 24 breaths/min and shallow. If IV fluids do not adequately improve perfusion, you should:
give 0.5 mg of atropine and consider a dopamine infusion.
A skier wiped out while skiing down a large hill. He is conscious and alert and complains of being very cold; he also complains of neck stiffness and numbness and tingling in all of his extremities. A quick assessment reveals that his airway is patent and his breathing is adequate. You should:
immobilize his spine and quickly move him to a warmer environment.
Following traumatic injury, a 19 year old woman presents with confusion, tachycardia, and significant hypotension. Her skin is cool, clammy, and pale. Further assessment reveals abdominal rigidity and deformity with severe pain over her thoracic vertebrae. In addition to administrating high flow oxygen and immobilizing her spine, you should:
start at least one large bore IV line and give crystalloid boluses as needed to maintain adequate perfusion.
You have just completed spinal immobilization of hemodynamically stable patient with a possible spinal injury. Prior to moving the patient to the ambulance, it is MOST important to:
reassess pulse, motor, and sensory functions in all extremities.
A 21 year old woman was thrown from a Horse and landed on her head. Upon arrival at the scene, you find the patient lying supine. She is conscious and her head turned to the side. As you attempt to move her head to a neutral in-line position, she screams in pain. You should:
maintain her head in the position found and continue with your assessment.
Upon arrival at the scene of a motor vehicle crash, you find the driver of the car still seated in her two-door vehicle. The passenger side of the vehicle has sustained severe damage and is inaccessible. The driver is conscious and alert and complains only of lower back pains. The backseat passenger, a young child who was unrestrained, is bleeding from the head and appears to be unconscious. You should:
rapidly extricate the driver so you can gain access to the child in the backseat.
a 39 year old man crashed his vehicle into a wooden area and was found for approximately 8 hours. When you arrive at the scene and assess him, you note that he is conscious but anxious. He is unable to feel or move below his mid-thoracic area and complains of a servere headache. His blood pressure is 210/130 mm/hg, heart rate is 48 beats/min, and respirations are 22 breaths/min. This patient's clinical presentation is MOST consistent with:

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Chief Complaint: 19-year-old man with broken back.

History: Allen Dexter, a 19-year-old college student, was rock climbing when he fell 30 feet to the ground. Paramedics arriving at the scene found him lying in the supine position, unable to move any extremities and complaining of neck pain. He was awake, alert, and oriented to his current location, the date and day of the week, and the details of his fall. His responses to questioning were appropriate. He complained that he could not feel his arms and legs. His pupils were equal and reactive to light. He showed no other signs of injury except for several scrapes on his arms. His vital signs revealed a blood pressure of 110 / 72, heart rate of 82 beats per minute, respirations of 18 per minute. The paramedics applied a cervical collar, placed him on a back board, immobilized his head, and transported him to the trauma center by helicopter.

Upon examination at the hospital, Allen had minimal biceps brachii stretch reflexes, but no triceps or wrist extensor reflexes. All other muscle stretch reflexes in the upper and lower extremities were absent. His perception of sensory stimuli ended bilaterally at an imaginary line drawn across his chest about 3 inches above the nipples (i.e. everything below felt numb). He had some sensation in his arms, but could not localize touch or describe texture with any consistency there. He was able to raise his shoulders and tighten his biceps brachii slightly in each arm, but could not raise either arm against gravity. His lower extremities were flaccid, despite attempts to move them. Vital signs were taken again at the hospital and were as follows: blood pressure=94 / 55; heart rate=64; respiratory rate=24 (with shallow breathing). His oral temperature was 102.2 degrees F. His color was dusky and his skin was warm and dry to the touch.

X-rays taken upon arrival revealed a fractured vertebra at a particular location. A chest X-ray showed a decreased lung expansion upon inhalation. Blood tests were normal, with the exception of a respiratory acidosis (blood pH = 7.25). The neurosurgeons immobilized his neck by inserting tongs into the skull above the ears to hold his neck in a position so that no further injury could occur. Allen was transferred to intensive care and his condition was stabilized.

A physical examination four days later revealed normal vital signs and no change in his arm strength or sensation, but also marked spasms and exaggerated stretch reflexes of the lower extremities. He also had urinary incontinence which required the placement of a Foley catheter connected to a urine collection bag.

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