January 2012

SCI Focus – A Quarterly Newsletter focusing on Spinal Cord Injury

Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) in partnership with the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Spinal Cord Injury at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) is pleased to bring you the inaugural issue of SCI Focus. Each quarter, we’ll bring you useful resources on a specific topic area of spinal cord injury.

In this issue, with its focus on skin care and pressure ulcer prevention, you will find information on current RRTC research, links to three brief videos on how to do pressure reliefs and how to prevent pressure ulcers, fact sheets on skin breakdown and pressure ulcer prevention, an article describing research on pressure ulcer risk and prevention and a webinar on the ongoing research at the RRTC on SCI.

We have included a link to send us feedback and suggestions and a link to become a subscriber to receive this newsletter by email each quarter. We hope you will enjoy the newsletter and will let us know what you think.

Current RRTC research

  • Pressure Reliefs in SCI: This study will use skin sensors to determine the effects on pressure reliefs on the skin. This information will help us to discover how often pressure reliefs should be performed.
  • To read more about the study: Pressure Reliefs in SCI
  • If you live in the WashingtonDCmetropolitan area and would like to participate in this important study, or have questions or comments, please e-mail Alison Lichy at Alison@sci-health.org or call 1-877-278-0644.

Useful Videos




 Pressure Ulcer Related Quick Surveys

 Results from the previous RRTC and other useful links


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The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Spinal Cord Injury is a five-year project, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Grant #H133B090002. Its focus is the prevention and management of secondary conditions among individuals with SCI, particularly pressure sores, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.

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