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    Closed System: Avoid disconnecting your catheter...

    Closed System: Avoid disconnecting your catheter from the drainage bag. I recommend attaching a new leg bag with extension tubing to the catheter when a new catheter is inserted, and keeping it...
  2. NL, I hope you continue to be a part of our...

    NL, I hope you continue to be a part of our CareCure Community. You are family.

    (KLD)
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    Who told you links were not allowed? As long as...

    Who told you links were not allowed? As long as you are not profiting from the business you are linking to, both legitimate and snake-oil links are open game here!

    (KLD)
  4. Thread: Gas crisis

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    This is where having an excellent ostomy nurse to...

    This is where having an excellent ostomy nurse to work with you is so critical. Try to get a referral to one who has worked before with people with limited hand dexterity, and have them evaluate you...
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    Can you explain what you mean by this? I am...

    Can you explain what you mean by this? I am clueless.

    (KLD)
  6. 60% of people who sustain a traumatic SCI also...

    60% of people who sustain a traumatic SCI also sustain a TBI, which is often under or undiagnosed. Medically (drug) induced coma rarely result in brain damage. The fact that you have no memory of the...
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    Apply for a variance with the planning/code...

    Apply for a variance with the planning/code enforcement dept. of your city. The building inspector works for them and the city, and usually cannot grant this type of variance. If you city also has a...
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    I would caution anyone from attempting...

    I would caution anyone from attempting self-treatment of c. diff. Having seen a number of SCI/D patients nearly die from fulminating c. diff. infections with ulcerative colitis that could not be...
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    Sticky: Bump. (KLD)

    Bump.

    (KLD)
  10. http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?233894...

    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?233894-Still-having-trouble-uploading-pics-is-there-admin-help-Where-to-post


    (KLD)
  11. There is little evidence that alternating...

    There is little evidence that alternating pressure in a LAL mattress does anything effective to prevent pressure injuries. If you get one with a turning feature, you should be sure to set the turning...
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    Were you marked for your stoma placement by the...

    Were you marked for your stoma placement by the ostomy nurse while sitting up in your chair? This is a very important procedure to avoid problems like this. Modifying your slacks or wearing a looser...
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    I have not worked with Ampyra much, except in MS...

    I have not worked with Ampyra much, except in MS patients (for whom this drug was approved). Off label use for SCI and other forms of paralysis has not been well studied.

    That being said, Ampyra...
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    There is a serious problem now days with strains...

    There is a serious problem now days with strains of c. diff. that are resistant to both Flagyl and Vancomycin, which have been used for years. There are a few newer drugs that may be used when these...
  15. My biggest concern is not the inappropriate use...

    My biggest concern is not the inappropriate use of manuka honey, but that you have an employee who does not follow your directions for your care. Do you have a contract with this PCA? Do they work...
  16. Ideally see either a wound care physician or a...

    Ideally see either a wound care physician or a nurse practitioner who is wound care certified (CWOCN is best).

    (KLD)
  17. Photo could be better, but it appears to be an...

    Photo could be better, but it appears to be an "unable to stage" as it looks like the open area is completely covered by slough or eschar (scab). Until that is debrided, it is impossible to stage a...
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    You would spend as much for a Molift scale as you...

    You would spend as much for a Molift scale as you would for the Lilypad scale. Perhaps this would be a better option unless you have easy access to a wheelchair scale at a local hospital or rehab...
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    I agree. Routine irrigation in the absence of...

    I agree. Routine irrigation in the absence of clogging is not recommended, as it usually requires breaking the closed system, and increases your risks for UTI.

    (KLD)
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    Being colonized goes along with having a chronic...

    Being colonized goes along with having a chronic indwelling catheter. You can minimize UTIs with maintaining a closed system, securing the catheter to prevent pistoning in/out of your urethra (or...
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    Every jurisdiction has different rules, but it is...

    Every jurisdiction has different rules, but it is common that if you die at home, without having seen a physician in the previous 2 weeks (common) you become a coroner's case and may be subject to...
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    Just got an e-mail from the Christopher Reeve...

    Just got an e-mail from the Christopher Reeve Foundation that this deal has been extended to August 23, so if you have not requested one yet, there is still time.

    (KLD)
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    Do you have the 4-point spreader bar on your...

    Do you have the 4-point spreader bar on your Molift? Not sure how easy that is to remove. Hopefully someone else with that lift will respond. You may have to use a Molift scale.

    (KLD)
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    With high cervical injuries, it is common to have...

    With high cervical injuries, it is common to have a low blood pressure at all times, although it is usually lower when sitting that when flat. Keep in mind that other things that you SCI can also...
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    One like this can be detached from the lift...

    One like this can be detached from the lift easily when not using it to get weight, so does not interfere in the lift functions. The ones from the lift companies are easily 2-3X the price of this...
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