Clinical Practice Guidelines
These Clinical Practice Guidelines have been developed for professionals by the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine, which is made up of 23 professional and consumer groups concerned with spinal cord injury care, and funded by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. All Guidelines are based on the latest research/evidence as well as expert opinion (when research is lacking). They can be downloaded for free so you can share them with your healthcare providers and discuss them. Current topics include:

Sexuality & Reproductive Health in Adults with SCI


Early Acute Management in Adults with SCI


Bladder Management for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury

Preservation of Upper Limb Function Following Spinal Cord Injury

Respiratory Management Following Spinal Cord Injury

Depression Following Spinal Cord Injury

Neurogenic Bowel Management in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury

Outcomes Following Spinal Cord Injury

Acute Management of Autonomic Dysreflexia: Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury Presenting to Health Care Facilities

Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Following Spinal Cord Injury

Prevention of Thromboembolism in Spinal Cord Injury

In addition, these have been further developed into educational booklets for people with SCI and their caregivers. They can also be downloaded for free. They are invaluable for understanding how to take care of yourself, and for training caregivers. Current consumer topics include:

Autonomic Dysreflexia: What You Should Know

Preservation of Upper Limb Function Following Spinal Cord Injury: What You Should Know

Depression: What You Should Know

Bladder Management following SCI: What you should know.

Expected Outcomes What you should Know (separate booklets for C1-3, C4, C5, C6, C7-8, T1-9, T10-L1, and L2-S5 neurologic injuries)

Neurogenic Bowel: What You Should Know

Pressure Ulcers: What You Should Know

Respiratory Management Following Spinal Cord Injury: What You Should Know

Some of these are also available in Spanish.

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