Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Tag: Skin Care

Spinal-cord injury spurs second act for Francesco Clark

Published: February 2, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Francesco-Clark-451Francesco Clark’s life is all about channeling his passion.

The Bronxville man cares deeply about what he does, which makes any recognition all the sweeter.

So when Clark was named a 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Winner, it was a moment to savor.

Clark’s Botanicals was one of 10 companies selected from a field of more than 3,200 nominees in the program that “spotlights the maker, supports the local and celebrates the handmade.”

Wheelchair Unbound

Published: June 15, 2010

Newly published author Francesco Clark speaks to Tonic about his near-death spinal cord accident and how he’s defied the odds and taken back control of his life.

On the first night of June in 2002, Francesco Clark found himself drowning in a poorly-lit swimming pool in Long Island, after diving headfirst into the shallow end while going for a night swim. Forget the multitude of tales you’ve heard about the brain shutting down to protect itself during a traumatic event; Clark’s recollection of the moments leading up to, and during the accident is extremely and hauntingly vivid.

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

The scourge of bedsores is being confronted

Published: August 6, 2009

What do you know about bedsores? They come from too much pressure on your skin in one place for too long. If you are paralyzed, and have no sensation, say, on your butt, you might not even be aware you have one. And it can kill you.

Believe it or not, an ongoing controversy concerning whether or not bedsores are preventable was resolved when Medicare declared pressure ulcers (bedsores) a “never event”, i.e. a medical error.

Beauty is his business

Published: May 10, 2009

fclarkFrancesco Clark was an athletic, 24-year-old fashion assistant at Harper’s Bazaar who dreamed of one day becoming editor in chief of GQ magazine.

Then he dove into a swimming pool on a June evening in 2002 and broke his neck.

The paralyzing injury put him in a wheelchair, but it also affected his body in ways unexpected.

New U.S. Medicare Policy Encourages Healthier Approach to Bladder Management and Catheter Use

Published: August 10, 2008

Coloplast supports critical change in Catheter guidelines giving consumers choices, cutting healthcare costs and reducing exposure to bacteria

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug 11, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — People using intermittent catheters no longer need to re-use their catheters due to a new Medicare policy effective April 1, 2008. The change affects nearly 1 million individuals living with spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis and spina bifida, as well as those who have other permanent conditions requiring bladder management or experience urinary Incontinence or retention.

Everett taking nothing for granted

Published: August 8, 2008

Coloplast supports critical change in Catheter guidelines giving consumers choices, cutting healthcare costs and reducing exposure to bacteria

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug 11, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — People using intermittent catheters no longer need to re-use their catheters due to a new Medicare policy effective April 1, 2008. The change affects nearly 1 million individuals living with spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis and spina bifida, as well as those who have other permanent conditions requiring bladder management or experience urinary Incontinence or retention.

PROBLEMS PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED ATHLETES FACE

Published: November 2, 2007

The number of physically impaired athletes, who includes wheelchair athletes, amputees, and athletes with cerebral palsy, visual impaired and intellectually impaired athletes has substantially increased over the years.

Physically challenged athletes have similar injury rates and patterns as their able bodied counterparts, however, some injuries and illnesses are more common in certain Disability types than others.

The most common cause of disability for wheelchair athletes is spinal cord injury (SCI). For such athletes, noxious stimulus commonly precipitated by distended bladder, fecal mass, contact with sharp objects can leads to uncontrolled nervous response, which presents with headache, higher blood pressure, flushing, sweating profusely and increased heart rates.

An Oregon Tale

Published: March 26, 2007

graduateRECENTLY MY OLDEST son, Noah, graduated from the University of Oregon. He wore the traditional cap with tassel as a concession to his mother’s prodding. The gown, however, bothered him. Where the hell did the long flowing folds belong? He opted to go without, etiquette be damned. In its place he put on a bright pink shirt with striped tie. If you are going to draw attention, you may as well shine. As he proceeded forward amidst the other students draped in black, he glowed like an orchid in a bed of coal.

When the Provost announced Noah’s name, a loud cheer interrupted the decorum. The ovation celebrated an effort occurring parallel to the academics. These were his fans. They rightfully claimed a moment of brazen discourteousness. My resistance to the incessant urge for a feel good moment, about a story that has never felt very good, wavered. I allowed myself a smile.

Here’s what works to prevent bedsores

Published: November 22, 2006

Q: My father developed some serious bedsores while he was in the hospital after surgery. Why do bedsores occur, and can they be prevented?

A: Bedsores can be painful, and sometimes even deadly. Two-thirds of all bedsores occur in people over the age of 70, mainly because older people are more likely to have health problems that put them at risk. People with spinal cord injuries are also likely to develop bedsores because of the time they spend in one position. When Christopher Reeve, the actor who was paralyzed in a horseback riding accident, died in 2004, news accounts said he died from a bedsore-related infection.