The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS), on the recommendation of its Prevention Committee, has decided to observe ‘Spinal Cord Injury Day’ on September 5th every year with the goal to increase spinal cord injury (SCI) awareness amongst the general public. Spinal Cord Injury Day is an opportunity for us all to make positive changes in the lives of people with SCI, their families and improve prevention programs of SCI around the world. Read here for a list of suggested activities your institution can participate in to celebrate SCI Day.
The collaborative efforts between ASIA, ASCIP, and United Spinal have paid off!
Last January, representatives from all three organizations attended a phone conference with the Joint Commission concerning their National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) regarding Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI). The planned revisions for this NPSG have been released, and they contain verbiage suggesting that special consideration be given to patients with SCI and neurogenic bladder. The Prepublication Standards can be downloaded at:
After years of decline, pedestrian deaths are on the rise again with 4,735 fatalities in 2013 (NHTSA). Researchers estimate that since 2005, the number of injuries attributed to distracted walking, specifically texting, has doubled to more than 1500 serious injuries among pedestrians. Often referred to as ‘pedtextrians’, this growing population is cause for concern, but not the only issue when it comes to pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
A study conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide reported that out of the 1,000 13-18 year olds surveyed – 40% reported being hit or almost struck by vehicle operators. 47% of those that reported being hit or almost struck stated that they were listening to music while crossing the street. There is very little research on the use of headphones while walking, and most of us do it- especially when running or jogging in our own neighborhoods. Researchers emphasize the dangers of cognitive, manual and visual distractions while driving, but it seems as though the same principals need to apply while walking- especially when crossing the street with your headphones on.
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