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Multilevel spine fractures: intraoperative nursing management.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2148766     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Stabilization of multiple level spine fractures in blunt trauma victims is an extensive and complicated surgical procedure. A multidisciplinary approach to the thoracolumbar anatomy and subsequent stabilization poses a variety of challenges to the neurosurgical operating room staff. Transfer to the operating table and positioning for the procedure are dictated by the following treatment protocol for vertebral fractures: immobilization and stabilization of fractures with skin or skeletal traction, administration of parenteral muscle relaxants and analgesics, assessment and documentation of neurologic status, maintenance of bone and joint alignment and provision of skin care. Standard preoperative preparation and intraoperative nursing diagnoses and interventions are discussed. The importance of communication and psychological support to family members is stressed.
J M Head
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of neuroscience nursing : journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0888-0395     ISO Abbreviation:  J Neurosci Nurs     Publication Date:  1990 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-02-28     Completed Date:  1991-02-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8603596     Medline TA:  J Neurosci Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  370-4     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Lutheran Hospital-La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601.
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MeSH Terms
Intraoperative Care*
Middle Aged
Nursing Records
Operating Room Nursing / methods*
Patient Care Planning*
Spinal Fractures / nursing*,  physiopathology,  surgery
Transportation of Patients

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