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Articles Tagged: Injury Prevention

Don’t dive into a life-changing injury: Use common sense to stay safe in pools and lakes

Published: August 8, 2014 | Category: Information

Dr. Charles Tator“My boyfriend picked me up and threw me in the pool. I floated to the surface face down and was drowning before he rolled me over and saved my life – but he broke my spinal cord.”

“I had never been on that dock before, and it went so far out into the water. How was I supposed to know that at the end of the dock the water was less than one metre deep.”

As a brain and spinal surgeon, I have mixed feelings when the warm weather finally arrives in Canada. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Mark Manion shares his story

Published: August 2, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

Mark Manion is a quadriplegic with a compelling story. Continue Reading »

HEALTH LINE: No Diving Into Lakes, Rivers and Oceans

Published: May 23, 2014 | Category: Information

No DivingExperts Advise Against Diving Into Natural Bodies of Water

What lurks beneath the water?

It sounds like a horror story title, and it certainly can be when a spinal cord injury results from diving into natural bodies of water such as lakes, rivers and oceans, where visibility is low and rock and debris can be hidden from view.

Having fun at the lake and staying safe are not mutually exclusive, but experts say it is never advisable to dive into any body of water where you can’t see under the surface, no matter how many times you’ve been diving there before. Continue Reading »

The SENSIMAT for Wheelchairs – Indiegogo Campaign

Published: March 24, 2014 | Category: Featured News

SENSIMATThe SENSIMAT for Wheelchairs is a thin, wireless mat of pressure sensors that is inserted underneath a wheelchair cushion. The mat connects via Bluetooth to the SENSIMAT mobile app which allows 24/7 monitoring of the wheelchair cushion.

The SENSIMAT is fully customized to your wheelchair cushion(ie. 16 inches front to back, 18 inches left to right). The SENSIMAT is inserted directly underneath your wheelchair cushion and zipped up in the existing wheelchair cushion sleeve. Continue Reading »

New wheelchair device to prevent pressure sores

Published: February 10, 2014 | Category: News

wheelchair device to prevent pressure soresPressure sores are the leading source of infection, hospitalization and mortality for wheelchair users.

But a new wheelchair sensory system developed through a collaboration with SensiMAT Systems and the University of Toronto’s Professor Milos Popovic is poised to help.

“Take for example, the sad story of Christopher Reeve,” says Popovic. “After his injury Christopher Reeve and his foundation poured millions of dollars into stem cell research. But in the end, he died from a pressure sore that could have been prevented by this inexpensive solution.” Continue Reading »

Johns Hopkins Study: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries on the Rise in U.S.

Published: January 27, 2014 | Category: News

Johns-Hopkins-LogoThe number of serious traumatic spinal cord injuries is on the rise in the United States, and the leading cause no longer appears to be motor vehicle crashes, but falls, new Johns Hopkins research suggests.

The same research shows, moreover, that rates of these injuries — whose symptoms range from temporary numbness to full-blown paralysis — are rising fastest among older people, suggesting that efforts to prevent falls in the elderly could significantly curb the number of spinal injuries. Continue Reading »

Lifesavers Cut Spinal Injuries

Published: January 7, 2014 | Category: News

Lifesavers cut spinal injuriesSurf lifesavers targeting swimmers who put themselves in harm’s way have dramatically cut the number of people getting suspected spinal injuries in the past two years.

There have only been 12 suspected spinal cord injuries at WA beaches since this surf lifesaving season began on May 1, according to Surf Life Saving WA.

There have been nine suspected spinal injuries at Mullaloo, Trigg and Floreat beaches – three each – and two at Cottesloe. Continue Reading »

Saving Children’s Spines

Published: December 18, 2013 | Category: Information

Saving Childrens Spines(NAPSI)—While between 1,500 to 2,000 children and adolescents sustain spinal cord injuries every year, you can help keep your kids out of such statistics.

The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves inside the backbone. It controls voluntary actions-moving arms or legs—and involuntary actions—digestion or breathing.

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis and disruption of bowel, bladder and sexual function. Such injuries can also affect all areas of life, including relationships, mental health, independent living, education, employment and overall satisfaction with life. Continue Reading »

Basic care can prevent pressure sores

Published: March 27, 2011 | Category: Information

We’re finishing our discussion this week about how to identify and manage various pressure ulcers on people who are most susceptible to them, such as people required to be at bed rest, people with disabilities and people dealing with paralysis caused by a spinal cord injury.

Last week, we discussed what pressure ulcers are, how they can occur and how they can be identified, managed and even cured. Read previous article:  Spinal cord injuries may lead to pressure sores

This week, we want to discuss a host of other things that anyone susceptible to pressure ulcers should be aware of. Trust me, when it comes to pressure ulcers, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Continue Reading »

More powerful roadside bombs lead to increase in spinal injuries among troops

Published: March 27, 2011 | Category: News

LANDSTUHL, Germany – Stronger armored vehicles are preventing more servicemembers in Afghanistan from being killed by roadside bombs. But the bombs are still powerful enough to cause severe skeletal and spinal injuries, the worst of which are leaving some paralyzed, Army surgeons say. Continue Reading »