This is the first publication that assesses a number of concerns of individuals with spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D) may have related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The data spans over six continents and describes the vulnerable situation for these individuals in the pandemic crisis.
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is a severe health condition that changes lives in many ways. For this reason, there is a strong research focus on preventing injury and improving outcomes. Recent research has used examples of different aspects of SCI, either from birth (e.g. spina bifida) or as a result of injuries later in life, for example after an accident.
As a part of our urinary system, the bladder is responsible for many important body functions, such as waste elimination and blood regulation. A functioning bladder should be able to both store and void urine. However, sometimes this functionality is interrupted by damage.
Recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common problem for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). In fact, UTIs are still among the leading causes of death in people with a neurogenic bladder who experience on average 2 UTI events every year.