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Spinal Surgery Patient Care

Harvey, Carol V.

Orthopaedic Essentials

Care of the patient experiencing spinal surgery requires clear understanding of the normal anatomy, physiology, and functioning of the spine, as well as the effect of back pain and disability on human responses. Nurses must consider key assessments and interventions preoperatively, intraoperatively, and postoperatively to provide holistic care and recognize potential complications. Interdisciplinary care priorities with spinal surgery patients are addressed to promote uncomplicated rehabilitation and promotion of quality activities of daily living.

Carol V. Harvey, MSN, APRN, CNS, ONC, Professor of Nursing, Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cypress College, Cypress, CA.

© 2005 National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses