SPECIAL SPINAL CORD INJURY PROGRAMS
THE PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM
This free resource for individuals with spinal cord injury matches current patients with former patients who have faced similar challenges. This peer relationship adds an important level of encouragement and support during rehabilitation and in the community after discharge. Clinical psychologists provide individual and group counseling to both patients and families and a number of speakers join the groups to offer information and share experiences.
The program also gives participants the opportunity to network with other members of the spinal cord injury community and learn more about local resources and services that are available in their home communities. Issues and concerns frequently discussed include coping, attitudinal barriers, accessibility, referrals, parenting, relationships and intimacy, adaptive technologies and educational and job opportunities. These sessions are free of charge, private, and confidential.
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RESPIRATORY REHABILITATION UNIT (RRU)
Critical Services for Patients, a Valuable Resource for Referring Physicians:
The Respiratory Rehabilitation Unit is a unique component of our overall rehabilitation program. The availability of this intensive care setting within the Rehabilitation Center allows for earliest possible admission and treatment following a spinal cord injury, providing rehabilitation-focused care for medically complex patients including those who have just had or are about to have surgery.
The use of medical intensivists in the RRU, physicians who specialize in the care of critically ill or injured patients, is an approach that SCVMC helped pioneer and is a valuable complement to the work of the spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in the operating room. Although the RRU primarily treats individuals with spinal cord injury, patients with traumatic brain injury accompanied by respiratory concerns are also cared for in this distinctive medical setting.
The Trauma Center is also equipped with a helipad, and accepts patients from across Silicon Valley. Having the highest level of emergency response on the same campus as the Rehabilitation Center means that patients don’t have to be transferred to other facilities if the need for a higher level of care arises.
Ventilator Dependent Program - A note to physicians:
The Respiratory Rehabilitation Unit provides around-the-clock respiratory management for ventilator dependent patients. Our specialization in invasive and non-invasive respiratory technology has resulted in an outstanding record of successful vent weaning and home discharge. In addition, our rate of pulmonary emboli occurrence is exceptionally low and therapeutic bronchoscopies average less than one per 100 patients.
PATIENT AND FAMILY EDUCATION
Designed as an ongoing educational series, this program offers guest speakers and other presentations and activities that focus on patient and family concerns and lifetime care following spinal cord injury. Individuals with spinal cord injury will have the opportunity to network with other members of the spinal cord injury community and will be informed about local resources and services that are available in their community.