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    Yesterday, 12:19 PM
    So sorry you have had these bad experiences. I am not a good resource for information on baclofen pumps, nor CP, but hope that some of our members...
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    03-25-2017, 10:14 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread question about prednisone in Care
    Prednisone is a powerful steroid anti-inflammatory. Taking it long term can result in multiple side effects including increased risks for infections,...
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    03-25-2017, 09:06 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Mattress question in Equipment
    Turning is not only important to your skin, but to your lungs and renal system for good health. While you may get away without turning when you are...
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    03-25-2017, 09:03 PM
    Both shunting and untethering procedures are used to surgically treat syringomyelia; some have both done, while others have only one or the other of...
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    03-25-2017, 08:58 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread California caregivers in Caregiving
    Where do you see that I said Medicare provides long term homecare? That certainly is not the case for the vast majority of people who have SCI with...
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    03-25-2017, 08:55 PM
    There are very few group homes set up for those with SCI. An exception was in New Start Homes in the San Fernando Valley in California, which was...
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    03-25-2017, 03:02 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread coating a straight cath in Care
    Also, petroleum based antibiotic ointments such as triple antibiotic ointment are not designed to be applied to mucous membranes and can actual cause...
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    03-25-2017, 03:00 PM
    Be sure you have enough help. Try to avoid spending hours on the commode...bad for your skin and hemorrhoids both. You may want to use an adult...
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    03-25-2017, 11:24 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread inserting cathe in Care
    Well, first of all, when changing a SP catheter it is critical that the new catheter be inserted within 2-3 minutes after the old catheter is...
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    03-25-2017, 09:16 AM
    Have you discussed this with your urologist? Botox in your bladder (not the urethra) can help to decrease bladder spasm and increase capacity, but it...
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    03-25-2017, 07:37 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread inserting cathe in Care
    Urethral or suprapubic? I assume you mean a Duette catheter. (KLD)
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    03-24-2017, 09:49 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Power Chair Cushions in Equipment
    You should be pressure mapped on a variety of cushions before making this decision. Be leary of a vendor who is pushing a specific cushion, esp. from...
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    03-24-2017, 08:57 PM
    There is some indication that cranberry may actually increase the risks for calcium oxalate stones. If stones are found when you have your...
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    03-24-2017, 06:10 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Golf Cart help!! in Equipment
    This shows one option for carrying your wheelchair along: If,...
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    03-24-2017, 01:43 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Mattress question in Equipment
    Unfortunately SpanAmerica no longer makes their TurnSelect mattress, but a close replacement is this their APM2: ...
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    03-24-2017, 01:32 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread home intercoms in Equipment
    Not an intercom, just a bell, but my dad mounted a wireless doorbell unit on my mom's overbed table and she could push the button to ring the...
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    03-24-2017, 01:28 PM
    Yes, it is nearly impossible to determine reflex vs. voluntary movement, or properly assess sensation, in infants. Tests such as an SSEP can be done...
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    03-24-2017, 01:26 PM
    The VA has inpatient palliative care (don't currently call this "hospice" at most VA facilities) for eligible Veterans at most of their hospitals or...
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    03-24-2017, 01:21 PM
    I worked in a VA SCI Center. We were able to keep Veterans for their entire program...often a 6 month hospitalization. Osteomyelitis needs to be...
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    03-24-2017, 11:45 AM
    If you are talking about your trochanter area, this is the 3rd most common location for a pressure ulcer in people with SCI (after the ischium and...
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    03-24-2017, 11:06 AM
    Would recommend that you communicate with both United Spinal Association, and with the PVA about your concerns. They have staff who are specifically...
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