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Nutrition in rehabilitation and long-term spinal injury. Paula Carroll Senior Clinical Dietitian

A spinal cord injury does not affect just our ability to walk and eat. Depending on the location, a spinal cord injury can affect nearly every system in our body including our skin, bladder, bowel, sexual function, breathing, temperature regulation and blood pressure. Then on top of all the physical a spinal cord injury creates a huge psychological challenge.

This is Paula’s second presentation on SCI where she addresses the nutritional needs of patients with long-term spinal injury including:

  • New healthy weight range after spinal cord injury
  • Assessment of body composition
  • Estimating energy, protein and fluid requirements
  • Autonomic dysreflexia
  • Chronic pain
  • Neurogenic bowel
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Catheter blockages, renal calculi
  • Prevention and management of pressure injuries

Paula Carroll is a senior clinical dietitian at the Prince of Wales Hospital Sydney and has worked in the area of spinal cord injury since 2014. She is passionate about ensuring people who have sustained a spinal cord injury have the resources to manage their specific nutritional needs from the acute injury to adapting long term. Paula is the lead author of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation consumer resource Nutrition for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury (in print).

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