Treating Spinal Cord Injuries

Posted on Nov 10, 2016

Last week, a Norwegian team of specialist (urologist, nurse, physiotherapist and occupational therapist) from Sunnaas Hospital and Oslo University Hospital were in South Lebanon for lectures and clinical follow-up of staff and patients at Imam Sadr Foundation’s clinic in Dedraygha. The clinic was set up in 2014 to treat people with Spinal Cord Injuries.

There are a large number of SCI in Lebanon due to accidents and war injuries, but no comprehensive care is offered for these patients. The main reason for early death among those with SCI is kidney failure and pressure ulcers. Very often, their lives from the first day of injury, until kidney failure and death are filled with urinary problems and pain, making their lives difficult.

Treating SCI is complicated and demands multidisciplinary medical teams. Imam Sadr Foundation, with technical support from NORWAC, have set up a specialized rehabilitation center in Dedraygha aimed at offering comprehensive care. The center assesses the patients, provide treatment and follow up urinary problems. The clinic provides users with the medical equipment and medicines they need to protect the urinary tract. Palestinian patients are followed up through a cooperation with Mousawat Organization.

The Norwegian medical team also conducted home visits to Lebanese and Palestinian SCI patients in Tyre area and Rashidie refugee camp to teach prevention of pressure ulcers to patients and caregivers.

As part of the knowledge transfer from Norway to Imam Sadr Foundation’s clinic in Dedraygha, Lebanese nurses and doctors will participate in a 4-week training program at Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital in Norway next year.