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    Today, 11:55 AM
    That is rarely the case. Did that actually happen to you, or is this just what you heard? See this page on the SS website: ...
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    Today, 11:53 AM
    Yes, SSDI covers you if you are disabled prior to the age of 65. Once you turn your designated SS retirement age, you automatically convert to...
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    Today, 11:35 AM
    The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) has released a fact-sheet on Surgical and Reconstructive Treatment of Pressure Injuries, which...
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    Yesterday, 11:46 PM
    Medicare does not pay for any expensive for health care outside of the USA. Hope you are planning to move someplace where there is universal health...
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    Yesterday, 11:42 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Cystoscopy in Care
    I don't know of many places that still use nitrous oxide or "laughing gas" for anesthesia except for dental procedures; it has been replaced by many...
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    Yesterday, 05:11 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Stage 2 sacral question in Care
    Can you be on your side with the HOB elevated? Otherwise, this is really a position to be avoided for long periods of time. (KLD)
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    Yesterday, 04:01 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Stage 2 sacral question in Care
    Sitting up in bed with your head higher than 30 degrees significantly increases both sacral pressure and shear. (KLD)
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    Yesterday, 03:54 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Cystoscopy in Care
    yes No (KLD)
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    Yesterday, 11:27 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Cystoscopy in Care
    If that is the case, definitely take one of yours. Most unlikely that they will have these in stock. (KLD)
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    Yesterday, 01:39 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Cystoscopy in Care
    The urologist would not reuse the old catheter. They will replace it from one in their office supplies. (KLD)
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    01-27-2020, 08:29 PM
    One of my favorites is 3M Cavilon No-Sting Protective Barrier. (KLD)
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    01-27-2020, 08:26 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Cystoscopy in Care
    What is the purpose of your cystoscopy? Do you know if they are planning to do it through your stoma or through your urethra? Both are options for...
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    01-27-2020, 01:20 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread wound vac for ischeal sore? in Care
    We often used NPWT (negative pressure wound therapy) for ischial pressure injuries of stage III or IV. Properly applied, it should stay in place for...
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    01-27-2020, 01:09 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Blister on my heel in Care
    "Heal the heel!" This does not look like a burn. It is a common blister seen from friction (shoe rubbing, foot dragging on bed with spasms, etc.)....
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    01-27-2020, 12:56 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Just got a Suprapubic. in Care
    Do you mean pink drainage or pink lumpy tissue around the stoma? The former is common with a new SP, and usually decreases with time. The latter is...
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    01-27-2020, 12:53 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Just got a Suprapubic. in Care
    Maintaining a closed system has been shown in numerous studies to reduce the risks of UTI in those with both indwelling and SP catheters. The same...
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    01-27-2020, 12:45 PM
    Zinc oxide ointment such as Baza is an old skin barrier which helps to prevent moisture, not pressure, injury to the skin. We stopped using it years...
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    01-27-2020, 12:39 PM
    Creams and ointments can sooth the pain of hemorrhoids (and decrease AD problems due to them), but they cannot cure hemorrhoids. If you are unable to...
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    01-27-2020, 12:36 PM
    Irrigation is rarely used any more, but if it is, it is really only used for those with distal (sigmoid or descending colon) colostomies, where the...
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    01-27-2020, 12:32 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread weeping yellow fluid in Care
    I have also seen these fistulas or tracts develop in the perineum (the name for the area between the scrotum and anus in men). They can easily tract...
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    01-27-2020, 12:26 PM
    Triumph, as I said above if there is no automatic tie-down system (like the EZ-lock) installed, then the only option for the wheelchair driver is...
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    01-27-2020, 12:19 PM
    This is not a SCI care issue. Moving it to the Health News forum. Here is CDC information about this outbreak: ...
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    01-27-2020, 12:15 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Stage 2 sacral question in Care
    I have not been impressed by studies using barriers or pads like this to prevent sacral or coccyx pressure ulcers. All the studies I know of are done...
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    01-27-2020, 12:08 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Docusate sodium efficacy in Care
    I agree. We rarely gave as little as 200 mg. of DSS daily, and often went up to 1000 mg. daily. We only used the 250 mg. capsules. It doesn't soften...
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    01-27-2020, 02:28 AM
    Unless you are VERY flexible, and have very long arms, I don't see how you could apply manual wheelchair tie-downs yourself. They're not even very...
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    01-26-2020, 08:12 PM
    You could have internal hemorrhoids or you could have bleeding from trauma. Does she use a lot of lubricant? You could try the suppositories for...
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    01-26-2020, 08:08 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread weeping yellow fluid in Care
    Call the dermatologist office back and tell them you want them treated if there is a treatment- that you just saw them.. You could try the triple...
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    01-26-2020, 08:05 PM
    They are called council tips. Most often indwelling, nit straight caths, or I haven't seen them. Urology use them when there is an obstruction and...
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