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SCI Forum Schedule


Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.


Infections and SCI: Prevention and Treatment


Presented by Stephen Burns, MD, director of the Spinal Cord Injury Service at VA Puget Sound Health Care System and an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington.

People living with SCI are at increased risk of infections, including fatal infections, which are the second most common cause of death. Infections that are more common in people with SCI include urinary tract (bladder or kidney) infections, pneumonia, bloodstream infections, skin infections, bone infections (osteomyelitis), “MRSA” and “C diff.” Dr. Burns will review how the immune system is affected by SCI, the recommendations for vaccines, and strategies to prevent infections, treat infections, and minimize the risk of side effects from antibiotic treatment. He will also discuss ways to work with non-SCI health providers to avoid inappropriate use of antibiotics.

Continuing education credits will be available for physical and occupational therapists: 1.5 contact hours. Certificates will be provided.

5:30 - 6:30 pm Meet & Greet: meet in the hospital cafeteria (Plaza Café ) to socialize and eat (buy or bring dinner) before the forum. No RSVP--just show up! Call 206-616-2183 or email nwrscis@uw.edu if you have questions.

Click here for printable flyer.


Hospital Cafeteria (Plaza Café) Conference Rooms
University of Washington Medical Center
1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, WA 98195
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