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Spinal Cord Injury

RESEARCH CENTRE

ELECTRICAL ABDOMINAL STIMULATION TO IMPROVE BREATHING AND BOWEL FUNCTION

More than half of people who experience a spinal cord injury, also experience a condition known as tetraplegia. It often results in requiring a mechanical ventilator to help with breathing, as well as possible respiratory and bowel complications.

NeuRA’s Senior Research Scientist Dr Euan McCaughey recently received $2.4 million to undertake a program of work evaluating whether electrical stimulation of the abdominal muscles can reduce the length of time people with a spinal cord injury require the assistance of a mechanical ventilator, and whether this technology can reduce respiratory complications and improve bowel function.

In his speech Dr McCaughey mentioned that people with a spinal cord injury are up to 150 times more likely to get pneumonia than the general public and over half of them have bowel problems.

This program of work will greatly expand previous research and significantly improve the lives of those living with a spinal cord injury.

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