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Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine

Provides Consumer Guides on various aspects for download. The Guides have been prepared based on scientific and professional information:

Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine Leaflets – more information

1. Autonomic Dysreflexia:
This guide explains in clear language the most common warning signs of autonomic dysreflexia and what steps to follow if you think you are experiencing an episode of this life-threatening condition. All information has been prepared by a committee of qualified professionals based on scientific and professional knowledge about autonomic dysreflexia, its causes and treatments.

2. Neurogenic Bowel:
This guide provides information to help understand how spinal cord injury can affect and change bowel function and ways to deal with the changes.

3. Pressure Ulcers:
Anyone who has a compromised ability to move about and feel sensations is a prime candidate for developing a pressure ulcer. This book suggests various strategies to prevent pressure ulcers and provides consumers guidance in making decisions required to restore health, independence, control, and self-esteem.

4. Depression:
Mood disorders like depression are common among people who have chronic health conditions, including people with spinal cord injury. This guide offers information on how to spot depression, its causes, how to get help, and treatments available, and much more.Expected Outcomes:

This series of eight guides describes outcomes according to level of spinal cord injury (C1-3, C4, C5, C6, C7-8, T1-9, T10-L1, and L2-S5). Each guide provides individual guidance on what people with different levels of SCI can reasonably expect to do one year after injury; what help will be needed with daily life tasks at home, at work, and in the community; and what equipment can help make a person with SCI more independent. This information can help people with SCI and those who care for them to understand the present and plan for the future.

5. Preservation of Upper Limb Function Following Spinal Cord Injury:
Strain on the upper limbs is prevalent among wheelchair users, with the impending risk of experiencing a painful and potentially disabling injury. This guide offers information on how to protect your arms through; recommendations on selecting and setting up equipment, exercise routines to maintain strong and healthy arms and shoulders, and tips on arranging your environment to lessen stress on arms during day-to-day activities. It is somewhere to seek guidance and learn positive tips to staying healthy.

APIL Guide to Catastrophic Injury ClaimsSpinal Cord Injuries