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Fire Season: Do You Have an Evacuation Plan?

Fire Safety

Last winter’s rain helped us get out from under a long drought, but it also has led to what looks to be a long and difficult fire season.  Are you prepared to evacuate from your location?  This article can help you get ready.

Be informed:

The California Department of Forestry has excellent resources that are worth looking at.

  • Current fires in California shows maps and status of current and past fires.  This is the best site I’ve found for up to date information of fires, evacuation notices, road closures, and fire incident updates.
  • CAL FIRE Launches New Ready for Wildfire App: This could be really useful.  The app runs on iPhone (and other iOS devices) and Android.
    To download the app, visit the App Store or the Google Play Store – search for CAL FIRE and install it.  I’ll report back here after I check it out.

Right now, while you’re thinking about it, put together a evacuation checklist and materials containing the following:

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Senate Affordable Healthcare Act “Repeal and Replace” Bill

Advocacy Call To Action

GOP Sen. Susan Collins Calls Latest Obamacare Repeal Bill ‘Unacceptable’ (from Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Series)

The Senate Republican effort to “repeal and replace” the existing Affordable Care Act, which is also known as “Obama Care,” is still being worked on.  While there is some confusion about what is in the current version of the bill, all versions have devastating consequences for people with pre-existing conditions. If you’ve ever had a spinal cord injury then you have a pre-existing condition!  It’s not just people with SCI; nearly everyone I know has a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even allergies.  Below are some links to help you become more informed, and to help you find your elected representatives.  Please email, call, or visit your representatives to let them know how the effort to repeal the ACA will impact you.

Contact your elected officials:

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SCVMC Accessibility Day on Aug 12

SCVMC Rehab presents:

Accessibility Day

At Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Showcasing Accessible Vehicles, bicycles and sports.

  • Saturday, August 12, 2017
    11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

751 South Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128

Rehabilitation Lobby parking lot and surrounding lawn area

Our team welcomes all current, former, or potential patients interested in accessible sports or vehicles.
Come meet our Peer Supporters
who will offer practical advice
about vehicle set-up.
Obtain disability information
from our partner and
non-profit booths.
Check out demonstrations of
accessible cycling, dancing,
tai-chi and wheelchair basketball.
RSVP

at: www.scvmcrehab.org/accessibility_day
For Questions e-mail: vmcpeersupport@scvmcrehab.org

 

 

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
751 S. Bascom Avenue San Jose, CA 95128
https://scvmcrehab.org

 

 

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Sacramental Spinal Foundation Home Automation Give Away

Sacramento Spinal Foundation Home Automation Give Away

SacSpinal is giving away two amazing Smart Home starter kits to their SCI community and all you have to do is tell them why you should get one! Send them an email at sacspinalfoundation@gmail.com with Smart Home Giveaway in the subject line, and tell them how you intend to use it to simplify your life or how it will add some fun to your home! The Smart Home starter kit is worth $300 and includes the following items: Amazon Alexa Dot, TP-Link Smart Plug, and Philips Hue Starter Kit including Hub and 3 Lights.

The deadline to submit your email for the Smart Home Giveaway is July 31, 2017. The two winners will be selected by their Board and the Smart Home kit will be available for pickup in August. This giveaway is open to all SCI individuals in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, and San Joaquin Counties.  If you haven’t seen the Smart Home article on New Mobility Magazine, written by their Founder, Sonny Ali, click the following link to get ideas on how you can set up your Smart Home.

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www.newmobility.com/2017/07/the-smart-home/

Sacramento Spinal Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families in Sacramento & Yolo County. Their goal is to raise awareness of this disability, provide resources and financial assistance to SCI individuals for home safety improvements, smarthome technologies, personal care, and intensive physical & occupational therapy rehabilitation.

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Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Figures at a Glance

Pie chart showing causes of SCI: 38.4% Vehicular, 30.5% Falls, 13.5% Violence, 8.9% Sports, 4.7% Medical/surgical, and 4% Other

SCI Causes, since 2010

 

Here are some statistics about SCI from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center web site.  Disclaimer:  This site in general and this post in particular does not contain medical advice.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the PNP Site!

This is useful information to have because it gives a “big picture” view of the common medical consequences of SCI.  It’s not a predictor of how any individual case will turn out, so please don’t mistake it as such. But now that we know what average looks like, let’s each try to beat the averages!  If you want to know how this might apply to you, I suggest that you download and print the report (see the link near the bottom of this page), read it, and then talk with your doctor about how this might apply to your specific situation.

  • A recent estimate showed that the annual incidence of spinal cord injury (SCI) is approximately 54 cases per one million people in the United States, or about 17,500 new SCI cases each year. New SCI cases do not include those who die at the scene of the accident.
  • It is estimated that 20 cases per million (4860 per year) die before reaching the hospital. These people are not included in any of the statistics reported below.
  • The number of people in the U.S. who are alive in 2017 who have SCI has been estimated to be approximately 285,000 persons
  • The average age at injury has increased from 29 years during the 1970s to 42 years currently.
  • Males account for about 81% of new SCI cases.
  • Lengths of stay in the hospital acute care unit have declined from 24 days in the 1970s to 11 days currently.
  • Rehabilitation lengths of stay have also declined from 98 days in the 1970s to 35 days currently.
  • Life Expectancy:  The average remaining years of life for persons with SCI have not improved since the 1980s and remain significantly below life expectancies of persons without SCI. Mortality rates are significantly higher during the first year after injury than during subsequent years, particularly for persons with the most severe neurological impairments.
  • Causes of death:  Persons enrolled in the National SCI Database since its inception in 1973 have now been followed for 40 years after injury. During that time, the causes of death that appear to have the greatest impact on reduced life expectancy for this population are pneumonia and septicemia. Mortality rates are declining for cancer, heart disease, stroke, arterial diseases, pulmonary embolus, urinary diseases, digestive diseases, and suicide. However, these gains are being offset by increasing mortality rates for endocrine, metabolic and nutritional diseases, accidents, nervous system diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, and mental disorders. There has been no change in the mortality rate for septicemia in the past 40 years, and only a slight decrease in mortality due to respiratory diseases.

Download the report, which is in Adobe Acrobat Format.  To read the download, you may need to get a copy of the Adobe Reader application.

Citation:
National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, Facts and Figures at a Glance. Birmingham, AL: University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2017

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