Monthly Archives: March 2004
The emergency medical care system is the patient’s point of entry into the medical care system. The goal during this period is for the SCI patient is to immobilize the spine to prevent further damage to the spinal cord prior to reaching the emergency room. Maintenance of an adequate airway, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and fluid management are required to ensure survival and limit secondary damage.
The acute management of traumatic spinal cord injury is unique and requires specialized medical training.
A local spinal cord injury group forms for networking, information sharing.
Pat York always knew he had a bad vertebra and that it could someday spell big trouble.
He didn’t know it would strike so suddenly, with a wave of debilitating pain, and leave him paralyzed from the waist down. That was 13 years ago, when York was 51.
Generally, the earlier recovery begins and the more rapid its progress, the better the prognosis. In scientific studies, most recovery occurs during the first six months, and may continue up to two years post injury. Patients with incomplete spinal cord injury lesions have a better chance of recovery than those with complete lesions.
Research and development for “fixing severed spinal cords” has been ongoing for decades. Allocation of funds for this disorder, however, is scarce when compared to more common maladies such as coronary artery disease.
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE: Team doctor Andrew Parker said it remains uncertain whether Moore will able to return to hockey after surviving a broken neck
Colorado forward Steve Moore has been released from a hospital and faces weeks of Rehabilitation following a hit by Vancouver’s Todd Bertuzzi that broke his neck.
MIRIAM SEGALOFF – Enterprise Staff Writer
Before her tragic accident nearly six years ago, Gahanna resident Rosemarie Rossetti had never considered entering a pageant, let alone contemplated winning one.
Now, she said, she has her sights set on a national title and the tiara that goes with it.
On Saturday, Rossetti was named the 2004 Ms. Wheelchair Ohio. In July, she will represent the state in the Ms. Wheelchair America competition in Richmond, Va.
Antibiotic reduces cell death in spinal injuries
A common antibiotic used to treat arthritis and acne shows promise for limiting the severity of spinal cord and brain injuries.
When a fall, car crash, bullet, or knife crushes or cuts a spinal cord, the injury does not stop there. Rather, tissues continue to discharge toxic chemicals for hours, even days and weeks. These chemicals kill and disable nerve cells some distance away from the core injury, compounding the damage and making Rehabilitation more difficult or impossible.
GOTHENBURG, Sweden (CP) – Short-track speed skater Jonathan Guilmette underwent back surgery Thursday to repair a fractured vertebra suffered during last weekend’s world championships.
The surgery was necessary to repair an unstable compression fracture of the 11th Vertebrae suffered during the 1,000-metre final.
Daily News reporter Ann Potempa can be reached at 257-4581 – Daily News
Bad legs don’t stand in the way of sled hockey athletesBad legs don’t stand in the way of sled hockey athletes
ON a Friday night, when much of Anchorage was meeting friends for a late-night drink or watching the final credits of a movie, a group of athletes met on the ice in Eagle River.
The Tiffin Columbian senior, though, is no typical teenager. She’s a world-class swimmer, holder of four American records and a 4.01 grade point average. She is headed for Harvard next fall but might take a detour to Athens, Greece, first to swim against world competition.
Forensic evidence showed that Miller’s blood alcohol level at the time of the accident was .21, which is more than double the limit to be considered legally drunk,” said Cullman County Assistant District Attorney Wilson Blaylock. “I’m pleased with the outcome. This has been a long, drawn-out case that was delayed while we awaited forensic results from the state. It also took a while to get the accident report back from the State Troopers, but all the while we were confident we had a strong case.”