Friday, January 17, 2020

Tag: Health Care

3-week wait for wheelchair repair shows system is ‘broken,’ says Toronto man

Published: September 11, 2019

Problem is province-wide, advocacy organization says

A Toronto man says he’s been left stranded as he waits for repairs to devices on which he depends daily, including his electric wheelchair.

Joshua Dvorkin, 44, is quadriplegic and has been using a wheelchair ever since a seizure caused him to fall seven feet from a balcony 14 years ago.

MossRehab: Managing Autonomic Dysreflexia After Spinal Cord Injury

Published: September 19, 2018

People with spinal cord injures at or above T6 may be at risk for a condition called autonomic dysreflexia that can result in a dangerous spike in blood pressure.

What is a spinal cord injury?

Published: May 28, 2017

A spinal cord injury means that the spinal cord of a person is damaged and the person cannot do things that they otherwise would have been able to do such as walking (mobility) or feeling in certain parts of their body.

The spinal cord of a person is roughly 50 centimetres in length and it spreads from the bottom of the brain to about the waist. It is a key bundle of nerves that facilitates communication between the brain and the rest of the body, giving instructions to initiate actions such as movement.  It consists of 31 pairs of nerves which connect it to different parts of the body, with the nerves that are on the left connecting with the left side of the body and those that are on the right connecting with the right side of the body (WHO, 2010).

United Spinal’s “Roll on Capitol Hill” to Advocate for Policies that Strengthen Health and...

Published: May 9, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Richard Bagby of Richmond, Virginia to Represent Disability Community

NEW YORK, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United Spinal Association’s 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill, June 11-14 in Washington, D.C., will host Richard Bagby, former collegiate athlete and deputy director of the organization’s Virginia chapter, along with other prominent disability advocates to speak directly with legislators on issues that affect the independence and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).

Bagby will be attending Roll on Capitol Hill to urge his state representatives to support legislation that helps people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) become productive members of society.

General Medical Concerns for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Published: March 7, 2017

When a health concern comes up, how do you know what kind of health care provider to see?

Spinal Cord Injury Patients Face Many Serious Health Problems Besides Paralysis

Published: February 16, 2017

MAYWOOD, IL –  Paralysis is just one of the many serious health problems faced by patients who suffer spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord patients also are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease; pneumonia; life-threatening blood clots; bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction; constipation and other gastrointestinal problems; pressure ulcers; and chronic pain, according to a report published in the journal Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.

Public Health Officials Struggle To Identify Sepsis Before It Becomes Deadly

Published: October 10, 2016

rory-stauntonAfter Rory Staunton fell at the gym and cut his arm in March of 2012, the 12-year-old became feverish and vomited during the night, complaining of a sharp pain in his leg. When his parents called his pediatrician the next day, she wasn’t worried. She said there was a stomach virus going around New York City, and his leg pain was likely due to his fall.

However, she advised his parents, Orlaith and Ciaran Staunton, to take the youngster to the emergency department because he might be dehydrated. There hospital workers did some blood work, gave him fluids and sent him home.

AMR Air Ambulance

Published: July 25, 2016

amrairambulance-comAMR Air Ambulance, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare. We deliver fixed wing air ambulance transport services that provide true “bed-to-bed” service, including specialized medical care during air and ground transportation, as well as any other incidentals.

AMR Air Ambulance is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS). CAMTS is the USA Standard for Air Medical Transport.

What’s Next? In Limbo With Syrian Refugees Who Have Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: March 9, 2016

Mideast Jordan Syrian Refugees“Do you eat eye?” the man asked me, tearing meat away from a sheep’s skull.

“No, I do not eat eye,” I replied, pleased to have been given an out. “Thank you.”

I was the guest of honor at a small apartment on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan, where a group of about 15 Syrian refugee men all live together. Their uniting bond is their paralysis: All have spinal cord injuries from fighting in the Syrian civil war.

A few of the men had been my patients back in 2013, when I volunteered at a spinal cord injury apartment in Amman. At the time, their situation struck me as hopeless. I had good reason to feel that way — but I turned out to be wrong.

Do the Paralyzed Have a Medical Right to This $70K Exoskeleton?

Published: February 24, 2016

exoskeletonAmerican insurance providers are being faced with an interesting health care debate: Should walking be considered a need?

At the center of this debate are exoskeletons — motorized devices that allows those with spinal cord injuries to stand upright and walk. So far, the ReWalk system is the only exoskeleton in the United States that has been approved by the FDA. However, it costs close to $70,000.

ReWalk announced that a commercial health plan will provide coverage for a personal exoskeleton system.

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