Articles Tagged: Urinary Tract Infection
Medexus offers a different, faster acting, safe and sure 10mg. bisacodyl suppository. The Magic Bullet is designed to help minimize the cost and excessive time involved in most bowel programs.
The Magic Bullet does not use an oil base (hydrogenated vegetable oil) as does Dulcolax and other bisacodyls, where the oil base has to melt before the bisacodyl can stimulate the bowel to contract and push out the stool. The Magic Bullet is water soluble (polyethel glycol) and allows our bisacodyl to disperse within minutes after insertion. The sooner the stimulation begins, the sooner the movement is completed … meaning less time on your Bowel program. Continue Reading »
Craig Hospital in Englewood may become the first place in the world to transplant human stem cells into paralyzed patients in hopes of helping them regain mobility. The hospital is in a race with the University of Miami Hospital to pioneer the procedure, and could begin human trials as early as 2004.
Could this mean movie star Christopher Reeve and thousands of others now in wheelchairs will walk again some day? Continue Reading »
Recovery of some upper limb function is common following a Cervical spinal cord injury. Patients with initial C4-level Tetraplegia often regain C5 muscle function, enabling them to eat and use a joystick hand control independently, while those with C5-level tetraplegia often regain C6 strength, making possible some independent grasp and pinch by using wrist extensor muscles and a splint.
Two factors that help predict this type of upper limb recovery have been identified. One is initial strength. Continue Reading »
Spinal cord injury (SCI) typically results in sensory paralysis, or a loss of feeling in areas using nerves that connect to the spinal cord below the level of injury. A person with complete paralysis can’t tell if these areas are being tickled with a feather, stuck with a pin, or burned with a match. The lack of pain sensation presents a constant danger; persons with SCI must to learn to compensate with other senses to avoid damaging themselves.
Unfortunately, paralysis does not guarantee freedom from pain. In fact, a number of people with SCI experience chronic pain in areas that otherwise have no sensation. Continue Reading »
Results of a Northwest Regional SCI System Study
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is a common medical problem throughout the lifetime of many individuals with SCI and has been reported as the leading cause of rehospitalization after SCI. Thus, prevention of UTI remains one of the primary goals of Neurogenic Bladder management in SCI. Continue Reading »
Pressure ulcers are a common, debilitating, and costly complication of SCI, often requiring long periods of immobility, hospitalization, and/or surgery. Patients with SCI are therefore carefully instructed to perform regular, frequent pressure releases in order to maintain blood flow to the skin and avoid Skin Breakdown.
Yet many individuals with SCI get pressure ulcers despite diligent Pressure Release behavior, and others get pressure ulcers that don’t heal for years, said Jennifer James, MD, clinical assistant professor at the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Continue Reading »
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is the most frequent medical complication during initial medical Rehabilitation after SCI, and continues to be a common cause of morbidity throughout life. It may produce only mild-to-moderate illness that can be managed on an outpatient basis, but it has also been reported as the leading cause of rehospitalization after SCI. Continue Reading »
Despite a dramatic decline in mortality due to urinary tract infections (UTI) in the last 20 years, UTI’s remain very common in people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and particularly those with indwelling catheters (Biering-Sorenson, et al., 2001) and older individuals (High, 2001). Use of prophylactic antibiotics, particularly for asymptomatic cases of bacteriuria is controversial and discouraged. Thus, many people have been searching for alternative approaches. Cranberry juice has long been reported to prevent Urinary Tract Infection (Papas, et al., 1966; Kahn, et al. 1967). Much folklore and science support the use of cranberries to prevent urinary tract infections. As many as 40% of people with SCI take cranberry concentrates daily to prevent UTI’s. Are there any bases for this practice? Continue Reading »
Many people are raising funds for spinal cord injury (SCI) research but do not have a clear idea of what the funds are paying for. In the article, I will explain research grants and the cost of SCI research, the funding situation in the field, how to improve the quality and rate of research, and what we are doing at Rutgers University to encourage collaboration. Continue Reading »
Recent press reports have claimed that hyperbaric oxygenation (HBO) therapy may be beneficial for acute and even chronic spinal cord injury. HBO therapy involves placing a person inside a chamber that has been pressurized with an enriched oxygen atmosphere. What does HBO do? What are the benefits and drawbacks of HBO? Should people with spinal cord injury be trying HBO? In this article, I will attempt to answer these frequently asked questions. Continue Reading »