During my first rehabilitation following the onset of spinal cord injury (SCI), I shared a room with a person who was suffering from pressure ulcers (PUs). Seeing her suffer, I promised myself that I would not allow that to happen to me. But just three months after I returned home, I acquired my first ulcer. And now two years later I’m back here again with my second ulcer.
Monica, January 2007
Monica’s rehabilitation team consisted of her physician, nurse, a physical and an occupational therapist and a psychologist. Each team member was assigned to attend to specific intervention targets.
Against medical advice and at Monica's insistence she was discharged pre-maturely. Consequently, the (re-)evaluation of her health status took place only five weeks after starting intervention.
Health maintenance is a critical factor that contributes to the quality of life of persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). While rehabilitation professionals can do much to influence a person’s health maintenance efforts through interventions such as routine clinical monitoring, the person's own health behaviour is equally important, if not more.
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