Monday, April 25, 2011

SCI Consumer Information on Safe Transfer Technique

A new factsheet on Safe Transfer Technique for people with spinal cord injury is now available on the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) website at This factsheet was developed by Michael L. Boninger, MD, in collaboration with the MSKTC. It is based on research evidence whenever available and represents the consensus of expert opinion of the SCI Model System directors. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Free Webcast: The Skin You’re In: An Overview of Maintaining Skin Integrity for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
6:30-8:00 PM Eastern Time
6:15 PM Check-in

Presented by the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center.

Register at: 

Lauren Harney, RN, BSN, CWON
Boston Medical Center

About the Webcast:
Good skin integrity is paramount in maintaining your health and quality of life.  Individuals with spinal cord injury face unique and challenging issues in maintaining skin integrity that require comprehensive intervention on a daily basis.  This webcast will present issues from basic skin care, such as hygiene and choosing the right clothing, to the stressors that can contribute to poor skin integrity, such as poor nutrition, pressure distribution, and psychological factors.  This webcast will also address the costs to prevent and treat pressure ulcers as well as the complications that may arise from a pressure ulcer.

Lauren Harney, RN, BSN, CWON, currently works at Boston Medical Center as a wound/ostomy nurse.  She has held Board Certification as a wound/ostomy nurse for 12 years and has extensive experience in skin care for acute and chronically ill individuals.  She has worked in various settings ranging from urban community care to Level 1 trauma hospitals.  Ms. Harney helps to establish guidelines and wound care formularies in various health care settings, and serves as a consultant advising physicians and rehabilitation staff in developing best practices for wound/ostomy care.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Information for spinal cord injury consumers on getting the right wheelchair.

The SCI Model Systems recently posted three new evidence-based factsheets: Getting the Right Wheelchair: What the SCI Consumer Needs to Know; The Manual Wheelchair; and The Power Wheelchair. These factsheets are written for people with SCI, caregivers, and family member who want to learn more about how to get the best wheelchair to fit your needs. You can access PDFs and web-based versions of the Wheelchair Series here: