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Spinal cord injury: case studies Presented by: Paula Carroll, Senior Clinical Dietitian

Paula presents two case studies on spinal cord injury. The first is the acute case of a 20-year-old man who sustained a C5-6 translocation fracture after a trampoline accident. In this case Paula describes the trauma of a life changing event and the continuous nutrition intervention during his hospitalisation which is complicated with infection and pneumonia.

The second case is a 30-yr-old woman who sustained a T12 injury in a motor vehicle accident in 2006. She is admitted to hospital for management of bilateral grade 4 ischial tuberosity pressure injuries. She was referred to Paula for nutritional optimisation prior to surgery.

They are both very difficult clinical situations which do not progress smoothly. Paula describes her continuing nutritional assessment and management of these clients.

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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