Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tag: Health Promotion

Healthy Eating for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: January 31, 2010

19-year-old Dominique Harris is a C5-C6 quadriplegic and former patient at National Rehabilitation Hospital.

Lessons we learn from review of urological procedures performed during three decades in a...

Published: December 16, 2009

Background We review urological procedures performed on a spinal cord injury patient during three decades.Case presentation A 23-year-old male patient sustained T-12 paraplegia in 1971. In 1972, intravenous urography showed both kidneys functioning well; division of external urethral sphincter was performed.

Prevention of pressure ulcers

Published: December 14, 2009

Experts all agree that it is far easier to prevent bed sore than to treat them. However, easier does not necessarily mean easy. With the appropriate measures, patients and medical staff can significantly reduce the risk of developing pressure ulcers.

The Mayo Clinic, USA, recommends that patients and medical staff develop a plan that all can follow; this must include position changes, supportive devices, routine skin inspections and good diet.

What are the treatment options for pressure ulcers?

Published: December 14, 2009

Treating pressure ulcers is not easy. If it is an open wound it most likely will not heal rapidly; even when healing does take place it may be patchy because the skin and other tissues have already been damaged. A multidisciplinary approach is required to deal with the many aspects of wound care. According to the National Health Service (NHS), UK, the MDT (multidisciplinary team) may consist of:

What are the signs and symptoms of pressure ulcers?

Published: December 14, 2009

A symptom is something the patient feels and reports, while a sign is something other people, such as the doctor detect. For example, pain may be a symptom while a rash may be a sign.

Parts of the body that are not covered by a high level of body fat and flesh (muscle) and are in direct contact with a supporting surface, such as a bed or wheelchair have the highest risk of developing pressure ulcers. Bedbound patients are most at risk of developing bed sores on their:

What Are Bed Sores (pressure Ulcers)?

Published: December 14, 2009

Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers are skin lesions which can be caused by friction, humidity, temperature, continence, medication, shearing forces, age and unrelieved pressure. Any part of the body may be affected; bony or cartilaginous areas, such as the elbows, knees, ankles and sacrum are most commonly affected. The sacrum is a triangular bone at the base of the spine and the upper and back part of the pelvic cavity (like a wedge between the two hip bones).

One more miracle for Margaret

Published: November 15, 2009

046local25margaret09This is another in a long line of Miracles for Margaret.

Margaret Romph received her FES rehabilitation bike through insurance and can now begin an integral part of her rehabilitation in the comfort of her newly remodeled rehabilitation room.

Earlier this year, Margaret, her older sister Erin and their grandmother were involved in a serious accident, just outside of the Jefferson City city limits.

ADA publishes practice guidelines for nutrition care for patients with spinal cord injury

Published: August 12, 2009

The American Dietetic Association has published new evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines for registered dietitians on nutrition care for patients with spinal cord injury.

The guidelines contain systematically developed recommendations to assist practitioners in appropriate nutrition care

Spinal Cord Injury Health Byte

Published: August 3, 2009

Spinal Cord Injury is a very serious injury that can be very severe depending on the injury.

Christopher Reeve Foundation Awards Over $700,000 in Quality of Life Grants

Published: February 9, 2007

SHORT HILLS, N.J., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ — The Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF) announced today that it has awarded $717,404 in Quality of Life grants to 90 nonprofit organizations around the world. The Quality of Life program was conceived by the late Dana Reeve as a way for the CRF to help improve the day-to-day health and well-being of those living with paralysis. Since the program’s inception in 1999, 1,163 grants totaling $9,220,980 have been awarded.

“The Christopher Reeve Foundation is proud to carry on Christopher and Dana Reeve’s amazing legacy and make a real difference in the lives of people living with paralysis, their families and communities,” said Kathy Lewis, president and CEO of the CRF.

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