Spinal cord injury may compromise breathing and coughing. After cervical spinal cord injury, artificial respiration may be necessary and pneumonia is common. Spinal cord injury paralyzes the bladder and a catheter must be placed in the bladder to drain urine. Continued pressure causes skin sores called decubiti. Cushioning vulnerable areas and regular turning prevents this.
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Pressure injuries are a health concern for many people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. As we age, our level of mobility and...