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    SCI Clinical Practice Guidelines

    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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    There is now a NEW 2nd edition of the professional Pressure Ulcer standards. You can download it here.

    Pressure Ulcer Prevention & Treatment Following Spinal Cord Injury: A Clinical Practice Guideline for health care professionals.


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    Updated link for the consumer versions of these clinical practice guidelines:

    Updated link for the professional CPGs:


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    The latest CPG is the 3rd Edition of Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Individuals with SCI. This is the professional CPG. Not sure when the consumer version will be out (if ever):


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    PVA website has changed and it is more difficult to find these now, unfortunately.

    Here are the professional clinical practice guidelines:

    Unfortunately, the patient/consumer versions of these no longer appear to be on-line. I am trying to get more information about this through the Consortium.


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    I noticed, it's ridiculous.

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    I should have posted the new link for the consumer guidelines here previously. Sorry, here they are:

    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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