Upon completion of this article, you should be able to:
Explain a diagnostic approach to the patient with possible spinal cord injury (SCI)
Describe clinical scenarios in which missed SCI is likely and describe methods to avoid a missed injury
Outline a management pathway for patients with identified SCI
Describe patients with SCI who are at risk for acute decompensation from respiratory and/or hemodynamic complications.
Date of Original Release: October 1, 2021. Date of most recent review: September 10, 2021. Termination date: October 1, 2024.
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Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
ACEP Accreditation: Emergency Medicine Practice is approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for 48 hours of ACEP Category I credit per annual subscription.
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4.00 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Prescribed Credit(s)- Emergency Department Management of Cervical Spine Injuries
AOA Accreditation: Emergency Medicine Practice is eligible for 4 Category 2-A or 2-B credit hours per issue by the American Osteopathic Association.
Specialty CME: Included as part of the 4 credits, this CME activity is eligible for 4 Trauma CME credits.
Needs Assessment: The need for this educational activity was determined by a survey of medical staff, including the editorial board of this publication; review of morbidity and mortality data from the CDC, AHA, NCHS, and ACEP; and evaluation of prior activities for emergency physicians.
Target Audience: This enduring material is designed for emergency medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and residents.
Goals: Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to: (1) demonstrate medical decision-making based on the strongest clinical evidence; (2) cost-effectively diagnose and treat the most critical presentations; and (3) describe the most common medicolegal pitfalls for each topic covered.
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Cover Image: Lateral x-ray of cervical spine showing bilateral facet joint dislocation. Illustration by Yok_onepiece.