Saturday, January 16, 2021

Tag: Health Care

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.

Long Beach VA opens facility to house vets with spinal cord injuries

Published: September 9, 2015

va long term care unitVeterans Administration Long Beach held its grand opening for a Long Term Care Unit designed for veterans that have sustained a spinal cord injury or disorder and are not able to live independently or with family.

Lyndon Wells considers himself one of a lucky few in Long Beach.

The 91-year-old U.S. Coast Guard veteran was paralyzed in a car crash in 1959. Today he is among 12 spinal cord injury patients at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System’s newest center — a state-of-the-art long-term care facility that officials say is the only one of its kind west of Mississippi.

Morphine might take away pain, but does it do more harm than good?

Published: January 11, 2015

The damaging effects of giving morphine after a major injury

A soldier on the battlefield, a driver in a car accident, a nursing home resident taking a bad fall—all of these scenarios can lead to spinal cord injury as well as broken bones, contusions, lacerations and other painful wounds.

To alleviate some of the discomfort, health care providers might give morphine, but research at the Texas A&M Health Science Center shows that this might be the worst thing they can do.

Leading experts urge Canadian health-care providers to improve care for people living with SCI

Published: October 3, 2014

Leading Canadian spinal cord injury (SCI) experts have launched the unprecedented Spinal Cord Injury: A Manifesto for Change—a call to action and a plea for Canadian health-care providers and stakeholders to work in coordination to improve care and the health of people living with SCI in Canada.

Helping Spinal Cord Injury Patients in Sri Lanka

Published: May 6, 2013

This is the only acute care rehab facility at a primary trauma centre in Sri Lanka. With low resources, awareness and 1800 injuries annually we need your help.

Young people with spinal injuries face discharge to homes for elderly people

Published: October 30, 2012

Incurring a spinal injury when you’re young is surely difficult enough without having to convalesce in a home for older people

Linda Liebenberg did not expect to be in a home for older people at the age of 32. Nonetheless she spent 20 months living in one after being discharged from hospital, following treatment for a broken neck that had left her paralysed.

New research from the spinal injury charity, Aspire, suggests that one in five people with spinal injuries are likely to be discharged into residential or nursing homes for older people because of a lack of appropriate housing options.

‘Not having the right bowel care is demeaning’

Published: March 25, 2011

Reg Penn, who is paralysed from the chest down discusses his distress at the bowel care he recently received

The patient

I was 18 years old when my spinal cord was almost completely severed in a road traffic accident in 1975. I’ve some movement in my arms and can breathe by myself, but can’t move my hands or legs.

A district nurse visits me once a day and carries out a manual evacuation. Normally this works fine. However, in 2009, due to a reduction in the amount of time the nurse was allowed to support me I developed compacted bowels.