Online Course
Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injury in Disasters and Conflicts
Considerations and complications for patients with SCI in complex environments

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Introduction

Spinal cord injuries are commonly seen following disasters and conflicts. They are associated with a high risk of complications due to delayed transfer to specialist centres, especially in low resource settings where pre-existing spinal cord injury services are often minimal. This course will examine the assessment and treatment considerations for people with spinal cord injuries and highlight some of the common complications seen in disaster and conflict settings.

Aims

This course aims to increase your knowledge of the assessment and interdisciplinary treatment of people with spinal cord injuries in disasters and conflicts. It also highlights the higher risk of secondary complications due to factors associated with disrupted health systems and issues of access.

Outline

This course is made up of videos, reading activities, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Rehabilitation Considerations of Spinal Cord Injury in Disasters and Conflicts
  2. Case Study

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

Practicalities

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.6 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss the primary complications following a spinal cord injury in a disaster and conflict zone
  • correctly select basic demographical, incidence and injury mechanisms for spinal cord injury in disaster and conflict areas
  • explain which clinical and functional outcome measures to use with patients with spinal cord injury
  • plan the basic rehabilitation and discharge for a patient with spinal cord injury
Featured reviews
In disasters and conflict situations, attention and psychological preparation for individuals with SCI is a key to overcoming the difficult stages and progressing in rehabilitation, despite their poor capabilities.
Muneeb Fathe
Physiotherapist
Iraq