As Certified Nurse Life Care Planners (CNLCP®), we develop/review plans of care for individuals with catastrophic and/or chronic health care conditions such as:
In all but the most devastating brain injuries, improvements are visible during the early post-injury period. Progress is measurable, complications are managed, and level of care changes from critical care to inpatient rehabilitation, perhaps to outpatient and then home care.
Spinal Cord Injuries are severe instances of damage that have occurred to the spine, which require immediate attention. The higher up the spinal cord the injury has occurred, the more function that will be lost. Let’s review the different areas of the spine.
- The cervical spinal cord: This is the topmost portion of the spinal cord, where the brain connects to the spinal cord, and the neck connects to the back. This regions consists of eight vertebrae, known as the C1-C8. All spinal cord numbers are descending, so C1 would be the vertebrae that is closest to the neck, while the C8 would be found lower in the region.
- The thoracic spinal cord: This is the section which forms the middle section. This regions contains 12 vertebrae numbered T1-T12.
- The lumbar spinal cord: This would be the lower region of your spinal cord, this is where the spinal cord begins to bend. If you were to place your hand on your lower back, where your back bends inward, this is where the lumbar spinal region begins.
- The sacral spine: This is the lower region of your spine, also, with five vertebrae. While the cord bends inward, the vertebrae of the sacral region bend slightly outward. There is no actual spinal cord that exists within this region, it contains the nerve roots that exit the spine at their perspective vertebral levels.
- The coccygeal region: Oftetimes referred to as the coccyx or your tail bone, the region consists of a single vertebra, which is located at the very base of your spinal cord.
Though a terrible tragedy, the prevelance of birth injuries is a reality in American society. By information obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and various reports indicates that approximately 1.5 to over 4 per 1,000 live births or children with a pre-defined age range have a birth related injury. Our team of nurse life care planners can put together a case to assist you.
The most notable symptom of Cerebral Palsy is demonstrated by impaired movement and motor functions, however, the real damage lies within the brain itself. There are some circumstances that exists, such as premature birth, trauma during labor, or oxygen deprivation, that have show probable cause that can lead to a baby’s risk of Cerebral Palsy. There are other factors that can play into this as well, such as improper use of specialized equipment by a doctor or staff, failing to treat jaundice may lead to a partial cause as well.
Nearly 1 million people are burned each year, including 15,000 who are children. Recovery from burns can be extremely lengthy, complicated, and a painful event. Effective case management and nurse life care planning can add to the quality of care and life of the individual with a burn in a major way. Furthermore, many will require lifelong care and a certified nurse life care planner may be retained to assist with these needs and establish an effective treatment plan.
Amputation Life Care Planning is a consistent process that includes evaluating the patient and disability in order to establish all of the needs that are dictated by the onset of the disability. Careful consideration is given to the goals, needs and interest of the patient, needs of the family and the location in which the patient resides. We rely upon established published standards, methodologies, and principles, which have been established in dealing with patients who have been afflicted with an amputation.