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Patients with spinal cord stabwounds accounted for over one-quarter of the more than 1 600 patients with spinal cord injury admitted to this unit during 13 years. Over half the lesions were of the Brown-Séquard type. Functional recovery was good in nearly two-thirds of patients. The principles of treatment are discussed.
An analysis of 300 new lesions admitted to the Spinal Injuries Centre, Conradie Hospital, Cape Town, which was officially opened in November 1963.Statistics given relate to the following:1. Mode of transport to the Centre.2. Age and sex distribution.3. Cause and frequency of spinal cord lesions.4. Neurological classification—incidence and extent.5. General(More)
Urinary diversion has a place, with certain limitations, in the treatment of neuropathic bladders.If there is deterioration of renal function which cannot be controlled by making the patient totally incontinent or by constant urethral catheter drainage, diversion seems to be essential and has been shown to be beneficial.
Successful total rehabilitation should include achieving maximum function and satisfaction in life outside the hospital. The disabled person has to learn to deal with a world designed for, and dominated by, able-bodied persons not very accepting of those with disabilities. Access to buildings and recreational facilities are the main obstacles. Despite these(More)
A total of 515 patients with spinal cord injuries were admitted to the Conradie Hospital's Spinal Cord Injuries Centre during a 3-year period from September 1974 to September 1977. Intermittent catheterization was used for urinary drainage in all patients with incomplete lesions as initially assessed neurologically, and indwelling catheterization in those(More)
THE Spinal Cord Injuries Centre at the Conradie Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, which has been in existence for just over seven years has inaugurated this year a fairly comprehensive postgraduate course in Spinal Unit Nursing. The first five students will complete the first course at the end of July 1971. The establish­ ment of this course and it's(More)
Pressure sores in the sitting paraplegic patient can delay rehabilitation by weeks or months, or can lead to the patient's permanent confinement to bed. This paper describes a method of redistributing the pressure loading on the sitting area so that pressure sores are unlikely to occur. In addition, a clinical approach which increases the patient's(More)