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SCI Everything

SCI Everything

By Matheus Wiest
This podcast addresses topics related to spinal cord injury rehabilitation care, from hospital to living in the community.

Season 01 - COVID-19 Series
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SCI Everything - Respiratory Care (COVID-19)

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SCI Everything - Caregivers (COVID-19)
In this podcast, we talk about caregiving in the era of COVID-19. Join us as we discuss planning and preparedness, peer support and outreach, and responses to mental health distress and creative strategies for coping. We also get to hear from a family member who has been providing care to an individual with spinal cord injury, and learn more about her experience in taking on a caregiving role, as well as the challenges she’s faced during the current pandemic. This is SCI Everything, Episode 04, COVID-19 Series You can also enjoy this episode in a video version (YouTube):  Subscribe to our YouTube channel: RESOURCES SCI Alberta – Care provider training: CREDITS Teren Clarke – Former CEO of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario Karen Gill – Family Caregiver Ron Rattie – Peer Support Coordinator, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario Gaya Jeyathevan – Postdoctoral Fellow, KITE, Toronto Rehab, University Health Network EDITED BY Matheus J Wiest MUSIC Too Cool by Kevin MacLeod Link: License: Disclaimer: This information is intended for informational purposes only. This is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment or support.
July 9, 2020
SCI Everything - Cleaning Urinary Catheters (COVID-19)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people living with spinal cord injury (SCI) living are concerned about urinary catheter availability and alternatives to clean and re-use. John Shepherd, a Ph.D. student at the Rehab Science Institute – UToronto and founder of SCI University, and Hannah Hollett, a talented Registered Nurse at the Toronto Rehab Lyndhurst Centre, discuss how to deal with catheters, methods for cleaning and re-use, and what to do when new prescriptions are needed. Please SUBSCRIBE and share it widely! You can also enjoy this episode in a videocast version on YouTube: We also posted on YouTube a couple of videos on cleaning catheters using the: Microwave method: Water and soap method: Subscribe: Topics: 1. In exceptional circumstances, how can I clean my catheter? 3:06 2. If I do not have a microwave, is there another method that I can use? 7:37 3. Catheters come in different materials such as PVC, silicon, rubber. Do these cleaning methods apply to all these materials? 9:09 4. Is there a way to clean and re-use hydrophilic catheters? 9:37 5. How can someone know if the catheter is hydrophilic or not? 10:19 6. What to do when you cannot sterilize the catheter right away? 11:03 7. There are concerns about running out of supplies. How many catheters should someone order when re-stocking? 11:51 8. How can people living with SCI get a new catheter prescription if there is a need to change the type of catheter in use? 12:30 RESOURCES SCI-U: Cleaning Catheters – Microwave method: Cleaning Catheters – Water and soap method: CREDITS Chester Ho Director of the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - University of Alberta Hannah Hollett Registered Nurse at the Lyndhurst Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network John Shepherd Ph.D. student at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute - University of Toronto EDITED BY Matheus J Wiest MUSIC Too Cool by Kevin MacLeod Link: License: Disclaimer: This information is intended for informational purposes only and should not reduce the frequency of catheter use. This information should be only applied as a last resort. This is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment for a urinary tract infection.
May 5, 2020
SCI Everything - Respiratory Care (COVID-19)
This inaugural videocast discusses respiratory care for people with spinal cord injury during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Please, leave comments and share!   We also have a Youtube videocast version that you can find at: Questions:  Question 1 - Am I at a greater risk for COVID-19 if I have an SCI? 2:15  Question 2 – Do comorbidities (ie diabetes, hypertension, obesity, etc) increase the chances of having a more severe form of COVID-19? 5:04  Question 3 - Would you recommend home care providers to wear masks all the time? 9:54  Question 4 – How should we appropriately wear personal protective equipment (ie gloves, masks, etc) and wash our hands? 13:23  Question 5 – Due to the longevity of the virus, what is the balance between home isolation and levels of cleanness to prevent COVID-19? 15:04  Question 6 – What are your advice for people with SCI that develop COVID-19? 17:47  Question 7 – Once you develop COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever), when should you seek further medical attention? 19:36  Question 8 – If you are going to an Emergency Room, what are essential items to bring? 28:25  Question 9 – What are local resources in the community when people living with SCI are choosing to go or not to go to the hospital? 38:19   RESOURCES:  Pulmonary support for Myotonic Dystrophy   How to wash your hands by Alton Brown    SCI & U – Hand Hygiene for People with Spinal Cord Injury   New Brunswick Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health) – Message to Home Support Agencies  English:  French:    Pulse Oximeters:  Here is an example of a pulse oximeter. Check also your local pharmacy or retail store for availability.   CREDITS  Comments  Dr. Cathy Craven Spinal Cord Program Medical Lead  University Health Network   Host  Dr. Kristine Cowley  University of Manitoba   Guests  Dr. Graham Jones  Respirologist - Hamilton Health Sciences   Dr. Janice Richman-Eisenstat  Pulmonary Rehabilitation Medicine and Palliative Respiratory Care Specialist - Alberta Health Services   Edited by  Matheus J Wiest   Music   Too Cool by Kevin MacLeod  Link:   License:
April 29, 2020
SCI Everything - Taking care of respiratory equipment (COVID-19)
Dr. Colleen O'Connell (Physician, Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation - Fredericton) and Beth Knowles (Respiratory Therapist, Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation - Fredericton) discuss how to take care of respiratory equipment during the pandemic. We also have a videocast version that you can find at: Youtube:  1. I use a BiPAP/CPAP – how should I be keeping my equipment clean? 1:42 a. Can I use cleaning products on foam masks? 3:05 2. Respiratory equipment can generate aerosols and may potentially help to spread COVID-19. Should I keep using them? 3:48 3. What should patients be doing to ensure that their equipment is well maintained and working during the pandemic? 5:28 4. Is there a checklist about equipment settings, maintenance and care that people should have? 7:33 5. If a patient has COVID-related symptoms, should they notify the Ambulance service and the Emergency Room that they intend to visit and that they use respiratory devices? 9:15 6. Are there guidelines for how often respiratory equipment should be cleaned? 10:12 RESOURCES COVID-19 Resources: Care Recommendations for Home‑Based Ventilation Patients (Chest Foundation): Care Recommendations for the Home-Based Ventilation Patient Undergoing Therapy for Known or Suspected Respiratory Viral Infection With COVID-19: Checklist with for people that need respiratory support: CREDITS Host Dr. Colleen O'Connell Physician Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation (Fredericton) Guest Beth Knowles Respiratory Therapist Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation (Fredericton) Edited by Matheus J Wiest Music Too Cool by Kevin MacLeod Link:  License:
April 27, 2020