Rehabilitation Hospital to Sponsor Spinal Cord Injury Symposium

May 5, 2005

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, New York will sponsor a two-day educational conference, “A Symposium on Spinal Cord Injury: a multidisciplinary approach to managing trauma, restoring mobility and improving quality of life,” on Friday September 23 to Saturday September 24, 2005. The program is open to nurses, therapists, case managers and other healthcare professionals who work with spinal cord injured patients, or are interested in the field of spinal cord injury.

The Symposium focuses on maximizing the recovery of individuals with spinal cord injury, emphasizing a collaborative and multidisciplinary team approach to care. Presentations will cover utilization of the latest treatment modalities and technology in trauma management, medical care and rehabilitative therapies. Conference participants will be able to select from 17 different presentations in three program tracks. Speakers include physicians, physical, occupational, speech, respiratory and recreation therapists, nurses, and rehabilitation technologists who specialize in spinal cord injury.

The conference will begin with a keynote presentation by Maria J. Amador, BSN, CRRN, Director of Education at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Ms. Amador will speak on Optimism in SCI Research: Progress Toward New Treatments. She will discuss current research directed at finding new treatments for spinal cord injury and will review progress toward clinical trials. This will be followed by presentations on the following topics:

Trauma & acute injury management
Wound care
Sexuality, fertility, pregnancy & childcare
Adapted driving
Latest technology for postural support in wheelchair seating
Ethical Issues
Modifying the home environment for ultimate access
Breathing techniques
Aging with spinal cord injury
Case management & community reintegration
Managing the neurogenic bladder
Bowel management
Research initiatives – the promise of stem cells
Teaching advanced wheelchair skills
Adapted sports, recreation, leisure & wellness
Patient panel discussion
Respiratory issues, ventilatory support, speaking valves & dysphagia

Continuing education credits will be granted. For additional information, or to register, call 845-786-4225, or visit the hospital’s web site at

Founded in 1900, Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the nation’s premier physical rehabilitation hospitals. It offers an extensive continuum of care and an array of specialty services to individuals with spinal cord injury, enabling them to resume active and healthy lives.