Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Moving Ahead with Your Life

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This indispenable guide offers a complete picture of the road to recovery, and the specifics to move ahead with your life. When possible it encourages readers to resume their favorite hobbies, participate in athletic activities and return to the workplace.

For the first time, leading medical specialists at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic offer their expert advice on everything from emotional adjustments, to skin care, to home and car modifications, to quality-of-life ...

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Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Moving Ahead with Your Life

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Overview

This indispenable guide offers a complete picture of the road to recovery, and the specifics to move ahead with your life. When possible it encourages readers to resume their favorite hobbies, participate in athletic activities and return to the workplace.

For the first time, leading medical specialists at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic offer their expert advice on everything from emotional adjustments, to skin care, to home and car modifications, to quality-of-life improvements. Easy-to-read, illustrated, and well organized, Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with A Spinal Cord Inury provides the "how-to" regarding the day-to-day challenges faced by anyone who has a spinal cord injury.

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Reviewer: Katherine W Stenson, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This guide for individuals with new spinal cord injuries covers aspects of how to manage bodily functions, sexuality, and fertility, and provides advice on how to establish a healthy lifestyle and maximize independence.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a written source of education to patients and their families to augment what they are taught in the inpatient setting. This is a worthy objective, especially since inpatient stays are getting shorter and there may not be as much time to learn care while an inpatient. This is a thorough and comprehensive reference.
Audience: The book is written for patients and their families. It is written appropriately for the intended audience. The book is a collection of information across disciplines and through time from the Mayo Clinic; the source is credible.
Features: This book does a great job of explaining the mechanisms behind what is happening in various organ systems and how interventions are practically carried out. For instance, there is specific information about how to do a bowel program and charts that help patients manage fluid intake and output when establishing an intermittent catheterization program. The book includes information about coping mechanisms and how to manage and direct care given by others. It covers the basics from early on (e.g., who is on the inpatient rehabilitation team) to the later stages (e.g., what vocational resources are available).
Assessment: This is a great guide for patients who want to understand the particulars of living with spinal cord injury and how to maximize their independence. It seems to be a valuable and comprehensive resource that would be especially pertinent for individuals with spinal cord injury to have soon after their injury.
President & CEO, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation - Peter Wilderotter
"While the chapters on body changes in the various organ systems are written at approximately a high school reading level and contain some medical jargon, they offer a great deal of detail not found in other books on this topic. This book is recommended for all consumer health libraries, and is highly recommended for those serving rehabilitation settings." -Deborah Magnan, Samuel and Sandra Hekemian Medical Library, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ , CAPHIS

"Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury brings down the full force of the Mayo Clinic's medical expertise...is a must for any coping with this difficult situation." -The Midwest Book Review

"Illustrated and easy to consult, Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury provides the basics of challenges and how to overcome them: any serious health library needs this patient reference." -California Bookwatch

"A helpful, well-organized, readable guide." - Library Journal

"This is a very helpful guide especially for the newly injured and their families as they begin to put together a plan for their new life. The illustrations, practical guidance and down-to-earth presentation will assist individuals in making choices they face a little less daunting."-Peter T Wilderotter, President & CEO, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

From The Critics
Reviewer: Katherine W Stenson, MD(Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This guide for individuals with new spinal cord injuries covers aspects of how to manage bodily functions, sexuality, and fertility, and provides advice on how to establish a healthy lifestyle and maximize independence.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a written source of education to patients and their families to augment what they are taught in the inpatient setting. This is a worthy objective, especially since inpatient stays are getting shorter and there may not be as much time to learn care while an inpatient. This is a thorough and comprehensive reference.
Audience: The book is written for patients and their families. It is written appropriately for the intended audience. The book is a collection of information across disciplines and through time from the Mayo Clinic; the source is credible.
Features: This book does a great job of explaining the mechanisms behind what is happening in various organ systems and how interventions are practically carried out. For instance, there is specific information about how to do a bowel program and charts that help patients manage fluid intake and output when establishing an intermittent catheterization program. The book includes information about coping mechanisms and how to manage and direct care given by others. It covers the basics from early on (e.g., who is on the inpatient rehabilitation team) to the later stages (e.g., what vocational resources are available).
Assessment: This is a great guide for patients who want to understand the particulars of living with spinal cord injury and how to maximize their independence. It seems to be a valuable and comprehensive resource that would be especially pertinent for individuals with spinal cord injury to have soon after their injury.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932603774
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mayo Clinic - The Mayo Clinic Spinal Cord Injury Program provides lifelong services in an interdisciplinary setting to people with spinal cord injury. The goal of the program is to help each person reach his or her optimal functional ability, level of wellness, quality of life, and reentry to the community. The Spinal Cord Injury Program at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and the Joint Commission. Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a primary value that ""the needs of the patient come first."" Mayo Clinic provides treatment to more than half a million people each year at its three sites in Rochester, Minnesota, Jacksonville, Florida and Scottsdale.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword
Part I: Living with Spinal Cord Injury
1. Introduction to Spinal Cord Injury
Part II: Managing Changes to Your Body
2. Dealing with Internal Organ Functions
3. Dealing with Skin, Muscle, and Bone Function
4. Managing Circulation and Body Regulation
Part III: Sexuality and Fertility
5. Sexual Health
Part IV: Overcoming Limitations After a Spinal Cord Injury
6. Managing Your Independence
7. Staying Healthy After Spinal Cord Injury
Part V: Living Fully with a Spinal Cord Injury: Actively Participating in Your Life
Additional Information: Research and Clinical Trials
Resources for those Living with a Disability
Glossary
Index
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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    Advice and help is here

    In early 2008 I had an unexpected accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury that has rendered my legs paralyzed. I do not know if a medical procedure exists to restore movement to my legs, so in the meantime I was looking for a good resource on living with this injury. "The Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Moving Ahead with Your Life" has met my expectations. As 56 year old Caucasian male I am not quite ready for retirement and I still want to enjoy life with this disability. The book is arranged by chapters covering specific topics. The topics range from bodily functions, health habits, continuing employment, finding a caregiver and performing common everyday tasks of living. Other sources of knowledge for the topics are provided.

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

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    A Wonderful Reference

    First of all, this is the real deal. These are the folks who do spinal cord work at the Mayo Clinic. The book is aimed at a general audience but as an RN with a number of years of neuro experience I learned a thing or two. If you are running a spinal rehab center and are not using this book you are not doing the job right.
    The book is divided into five main sections beginning with an introduction which describes the team that will be dealing with the injury, the normal anatomy of the spinal cord and its function. It then takes a close look at the types of spinal cord injuries. This section and indeed the entire book are copiously illustrated with drawings that I wish I would have had in training.
    Section two covers the changes in the body following an injury divided into first the internal organs then the skin, muscle, and bone and finally the circulation and body regulation. This is a hands on review dealing with problems and how they should be prevented and dealt with.
    Section three is on sexuality and fertility. This is an area that many textbooks sort of skip over with a few lines. There is a full and straightforward discussion of the sexual aspects of spinal injury. The effects, the problems and the solutions.
    Section Four deals with the strategies for overcoming the new boundaries of life with a cord injury. It is a wonderfully comprehensive guide that covers everything from the law to conflict management with your caregiver. There are check list and work sheets and real world tools to solve problems with. I was hugely impressed by this section and the amount of information it conveyed.
    Section Five is titled Living Fully with a Spinal Cord Injury and it is a guide to an active life one that is different from the life before injury but not one whit less fulfilling in its potential.
    A number of sections round out the book including a section on clinical trials a list of resources and a very good Glossary.
    Over all this is best one volume book on spinal cord injury I have seen in over 25 years of nursing. I cannot recommend it enough.

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