Our Charity of the Month is joining hundreds of spinal cord injury charities and organisations on Thursday (17th November) for Stop Pressure Ulcers Day to raise awareness of pressure ulcers, which staggeringly cost the NHS around £3.8 million per day to treat.
SMSR Ambassador, Ralph Charlwood, who lives with the daily complications of spinal cord injury, told us:
He added: “Many, with complete spinal injuries cannot feel anything and might have a usual level of spasm so when a pressure ulcer is caused, they’re unaware, and by the time they do notice, it’s too late. Unfortunately, the solution is usually keeping pressure off the area. Sometimes that can be accommodated without adversely affecting daily routine but for far too many people it means prolonged bed rest, which may affect the ability to work and has negative consequences for mental health too.”
Over the past 10 years, Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research has committed £1million towards research into spinal cord injury with the hope of providing long term practical solutions for the spinal cord injury community focussing on four key areas which include: pressure ulcers, neuropathic pain, urinary tract infection, and associated upper limb technology. They're hoping this Pressure Ulcers Day will encourage people to support the work they do and raise vital funds.
To find out more about the work of Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research, and how you can get involved in supporting them through fundraising, visit: https://www.lifeafterparalysis.com.