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International Spinal Cord Society launches textbook on Spinal Injury Management

New Delhi: International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) has launched a textbook on Spinal Injury Management. Dr Harvinder Singh Chhabra, medical director and chief of spine service, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), New Delhi is the editor in chief of the textbook that compiles works of 184 contributing authors from 25 countries.

The ISCoS Textbook on Comprehensive Management of Spinal Cord Injuries, published by Wolters Kluwer India, is aimed at fulfilling the need for a comprehensive resource addressing management of spinal cord injury (SCI) as a team-based approach.

The textbook is a comprehensive guide containing information for all disciplines involved in SCI management including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthotists, assistive technologists, vocational counsellors, psychologists, social workers, and peer counsellors, with additional information for doctors.

The idea for the textbook was conceptualized while compiling elearnSCI.org, a web-based resource on comprehensive management of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).

According to Dr Chhabra, “When it comes to making lives better for people with spinal cord injuries there is a substantial gap between ‘the possible’ and the ‘actually available’. A wide variety of different injury management approaches are practiced in different parts of the world, which may not be adequately shared with healthcare professionals elsewhere. At the same time, a large amount of information and expertise remains unavailable to healthcare professionals in some regions.”

“The textbook aims to compile the latest best practices and approaches being followed by doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthotists, assistive technologists, and counsellors across the world with an objective of making a comprehensive guide available to people everywhere,” said Dr Chhabra.

With a view to ensure that the book represents a global scenario, and not just the prevalent expert discourse in the developed world, a separate chapter on Challenges of Management in Less and Least Developed Countries has been added to highlight the difficulties of the less resourced and the solutions to overcome them.

Some of the other topics covered in the book are Assistive Technology, Pre-discharge Planning, Nutritional Management, Outcome Measures, Neglected Spinal Cord Injuries, Translational Research, Issues Specific to Women, Empowerment, Legislation and Rights of Persons with Disability, Vocational Rehabilitation, SCI in Complex Emergency Situations, Geriatric Spinal Cord Injuries, Active Rehabilitation, Concomitant Diagnosis: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury, Associated Injuries, and Poly-trauma.

Twenty-four of the 82 chapters in the textbook have been contributed by Indian authors, according to a statement by ISIC.

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