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    Today, 05:54 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread bladder encrustation. in Care
    Be sure that the urine is draining from your catheter. You do not want to do this if your bladder is not draining through the catheter (ie, it is...
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    Today, 02:08 AM
    There have been a number of reported problems with the entire wiring harness on some Permobil chairs in the 300, 400, and 500 series. It is most...
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    Today, 01:50 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread bladder encrustation. in Care
    It is an INSTILLATION, not an irrigation. You make sure you bladder is empty, then, using a sterile irrigation syringe, gently instill about 30 cc....
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    Yesterday, 10:37 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Light therapy for wounds in Care
    I have seen some good studies on the use of red light, but not on sunlight balanced SAD lights. Probably won't hurt, but unlikely to help either....
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    Yesterday, 08:04 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread bladder encrustation. in Care
    Vitamin C is used to acidify the urine, which in theory (but not really in actual practice) can reduce the risks for some types of bacterial UTIs. ...
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    Yesterday, 06:31 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread bladder encrustation. in Care
    Calcury is an Ayurvedic medicine, so I am not familiar with it. You should have annual tests for stones in your urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, and...
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    Yesterday, 01:50 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread stomach pressure in Care
    The tube could be clogged. Does the tube feeding solution actually flow after you tape together?? Otherwise, your stomach may not be emptying....
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    Yesterday, 11:44 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Had another flap in Care
    Yes, that is my concern too. This does not look like a flap incision, but instead a primary closure, with mattress type sutures to hold the skin...
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    12-20-2014, 07:49 PM
    I have not had any experience using this as a management method for neurogenic bowel in SCI, but it appears to work as a soluble fiber: ...
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    12-20-2014, 07:45 PM
    Do you by any chance take baclofen, and were not getting your usual dose in the hospital? Baclofen withdrawal can cause hallucinations as well as...
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    12-20-2014, 07:43 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread tonic water spasms in Care
    Yes, marijuana has been shown to be effective in a number of studies related to SCI neuropathic pain and spasticity. If you can get it legally, that...
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    12-20-2014, 07:41 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread bladder encrustation. in Care
    I agree. You may have stone formation around the balloon of the catheter. At the emergency room they can (very carefully) put a wire down the balloon...
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    12-20-2014, 02:08 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Bladder stones in Care
    Check out the consumer version of the Bladder Management in SCI Clinical Practice Guideline from the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine: Bladder...
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    12-20-2014, 11:54 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread tonic water spasms in Care
    Night cramps that some people have (esp. as they age) are different from the spasticity or spasms seen in people with SCI. I have seen no evidence...
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    12-20-2014, 11:50 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread succesuful quads in Life
    I'd second that! (KLD)
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    12-20-2014, 03:25 AM
    Best to periodically check and recharge the batteries. Some have replaceable batteries which you can keep in the charger full time. (KLD)
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    12-19-2014, 11:43 PM
    Power is much better than hydralic, and easier for any caregiver to use. I have used both the Hoyer Advance, and the Molift Smart, and like them...
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    12-19-2014, 11:33 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread JACO Arm by Kinova in Equipment
    Here is their website: http://kinovarobotics.com/ I have seen this demonstrated, and have a client with a C4 injury who has a similar device from...
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    12-19-2014, 11:30 PM
    This has little or nothing to do with the type of osteoporosis seen in people with SCI. (KLD)
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    12-19-2014, 11:28 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Q About Bladder and Cipro in Care
    Big gun antibiotics are the strong IV antibiotics which are usually in the "mycin" class, which also have the potential for damage to your kidneys...
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    12-19-2014, 09:15 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread succesuful quads in Life
    Well, I would add our web master, Steven Edwards, definitely! (KLD)
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    12-19-2014, 09:14 AM
    You should take a laxative. Consider Miralax or 1/2 a bottle of magnesium citrate. Both can be obtained over the counter at your local drug store. ...
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    12-19-2014, 02:35 AM
    Here is some information about average costs: http://www.epainassist.com/pain-management/intrathecal-pain-pump-the-cost-of-surgery-and-refill ...
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    12-19-2014, 02:28 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Flap surgery in Care
    Silvadene is rarely an appropriate treatment for very deep wounds. If you have a stage III or IV pressure ulcer, most likely you need a flap to close...
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    12-19-2014, 02:25 AM
    Are they going to manage the pump after you have the surgery, or will this other physician? The VA would have to authorize fee-basis for refills and...
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    12-19-2014, 02:20 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread bladder question in Care
    Instillation (not irrigation) with something like Renacidin would work much better for excessive encrustations, although even then we don't do this...
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