New Paralyzed Veterans "App" Provides Easier Access to Vital Publications for Health-Care Professionals Treating Spinal Cord Injuries

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health-care professionals who use iPads and iPhones now have a new way to access interactive "e-book" versions of the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine's popular Clinical Practice Guidelines.

The new free App, available at iTunes or the App Store under "Paralyzed Veterans of America," enables users to download the e-books, which contain vital information for health-care professionals when treating individuals with spinal cord injury. The Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine is anchored by 23 professional organizations, including Paralyzed Veterans of America.

"Information is power, and this new app to download our interactive e-books is designed as an essential tool to help empower health-care professionals in the field of spinal cord injury medicine with the detailed clinical practice information they need at just the touch of a button," said Fred Cowell, acting director of Research and Education for Paralyzed Veterans of America, the organization that administers and provides financial support for the Consortium.

For non-iPad/iPhone users, the interactive e-books may be downloaded from a computer by visiting www.pva.org/publications. Each interactive publication has a nominal download fee.

Interactive e-books titles currently available for download through the new app are the following Clinical Practice Guideline titles: Early Acute Management in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury; Preservation of Upper Limb Function Following Spinal Cord Injury; Respiratory Management Following Spinal Cord Injury; and Bladder Management for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury. Also available for download is Paralyzed Veterans' popular consumer self-help guide Yes, You Can! A Guide to Self-Care for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury. All of the publications contain guidance directed by the protocols developed by the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine.

"Through e-CPGs and e-books, vital information for clinicians is more accessible, portable and provides instant links to other related reference materials that are important to the care and treatment of patients," said Lawrence C. Vogel, MD, chair of the Consortium.

Over the past 16 years, the Consortium and Paralyzed Veterans have produced clinical practice guidelines and companion consumer guides on the many health-care issues common to individuals with spinal cord injury, such as upper limb preservation, treatment of pressure ulcers and bladder management. The publications are independently reviewed, science-based compendia of the latest knowledge on the care of people with spinal cord injury/dysfunction. Consumer guides are written in an accessible style with limited technical and medical language.

For more than six decades, Paralyzed Veterans has been investing not only in world-class specialized health-care education, but also in quality health-care delivery. In September, Paralyzed Veterans of America will host Summit 2012, which will bring together the world's leading clinicians and health-care influencers from both the public and private sectors to "hurry history" to deliver better outcomes for all people with SCI and MS. Highlights of the Summit 2012 program include: a network of 900 physicians, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, and researchers including buyers and decision-makers; leaders and specialists from both the VA medical system and the private sector health-care industry, and; a program focusing on spinal cord injury (SCI), multiple sclerosis (MS) specialized wound care, and cutting-edge research. More details are available at www.pva.org/summit2012.

SOURCE Paralyzed Veterans of America




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