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Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on September 05, 2019 # Health, SCI Awareness

Wallet CardOne of the major issues for individuals living with spinal cord injury is navigating a series of challenging secondary conditions. These conditions are sometimes unrecognizable and can even be life-threatening to members of our community. As we observe Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, we will also highlight the vast resources and information offered through the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) to help our community take control of their health and improve their quality of life.

Navigating secondary conditions is not easy and it's imperative to know the warning signs. We created a series of videos and wallet cards so you can feel more empowered and informed.

Autonomic Dysreflexia: Caused by a harmful stimulus below the point of injury (pressure injury, kinked catheter, broken bone), Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD) is a hyperactive reflex. Symptoms include but are not limited to muscle spasticity, bowel impaction, blood pressure spike, stuffy nose and/or having a flushed face. This video flags potential causes and prevention of AD.

Sepsis: Also referred to as blood poisoning or systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) – sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. This condition leads to shock, multiple organ failure, and/or death, especially if not recognized early and treated promptly.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): People with spinal cord injury (SCI) are at particular risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) during their acute hospital stay. DVT is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body, most often in the lower leg or thigh. This complication can be life-threatening if the clot breaks loose from the leg vein and finds its way to the lung, causing a pulmonary embolism.

For more information on these topics and other resources available through the PRC, contact our Information Specialist team.

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