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    Clinical Practice Guidelines

    These Clinical Practice Guidelines have been developed for professionals by the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine, which is made up of 20 professional and consumer groups concerned with spinal cord injury care, and funded by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. You can learn a little more about the Consortium here: . All Guidelines are based on the latest research 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:

    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 Topics include:

    Autonomic Dysreflexia: What You Should Know

    Depression: 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

    All of the above can be downloaded at this URL:

    Other guidelines currently being researched and written, and to be released in the next 1-2 years include Acute Management (first 72 hours after injury), Sexuality, and Psychosocial Management.


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    Early Acute Management in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury

    This is the most recently released clinical practice guideline from the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine.

    Early Acute Management in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury: A Clinical Practice Guideline for Health-Care Professionals.

    The focus is on the first 72 hours after injury. A consumer version will be available sometime later this year, and will be oriented to the needs of the family using a FAQ format.


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