I’ve had a wonderful student for a few weeks, that y’all have also enjoyed by proxy. Not only did she select and help me review the last two articles, her help in the clinic has freed up my time to FINALLY create some resources that have been in the back of my mind for quite a while. So I give to you… (drum roll please!)
The “I Wish I Had Known…” pamphlet. This one is a trifold covered in quotes from real stroke survivors and their families that provide hope and instruction. The American Stroke Association put this question to their followers on Facebook, “The most valuable piece of information I had to help me after a stroke was ________.” I took the most popular responses and put them in a pamphlet to give to my stroke patients. I also included information on my local support group. I feel like patients need to know right off the bat that 1) they are not the first to walk this path and 2) there are opportunities to talk to other survivors. I’m hoping this may bridge that gap for my patients. I am more than welcome to share it with others as well.
If you are interested in getting this FREE pamphlet, fill out the contact form and I will send it to you by e-mail. You can customize it by putting information about your own local support group on it, or you can list online support group options if you are in a rural setting.
I’ve got one more….
Remember the Neuromuscular Recovery Scale outcome measure for spinal cord injury? It was first presented to me at IV Step. It’s ok if you don’t, you can click the link to learn more about it. I’ve had this project on the back burner since then… 1.5 years ago! I’ve finally made a score sheet for this scale that I think will make it more clinically useful, as it’s a really good scale and has lots of potential to be used in the clinic, it just wasn’t in a clinic friendly format. Now it is! I will warn you that since it’s a new scale (to me anyway) I included a lot of the instructions on what the clinician needs to do, so it’s a longer document because of this– 13 pages. But I set it up kind of like the Berg score sheet, in that once you do it a few times and get a handle for what to do on each item, you can just carry the 1 page score calculation sheet if you’d be using it a lot, or if you’re like me and only need a spinal cord injury outcome measure once in a blue moon, all the instructions are right there for you.
So if you would be interested in that score sheet for the Neuromuscular Recovery Scale, you can fill out the contact form and I’ll e-mail it to you, again totally FREE to you for being awesome!
Both of these items are, of course, appropriately cited as well.
In other news, I’ll be taking the remainder of the week “off” from posts for sure and may need some more time. It has been on my heart for a while to get a good patient resource list going on my website that I can send my patients to, so they have good quality info on what’s out there and available for them. I’m going to take some time to do that. You can see I’ve started the two pages at the top, but I want a page for each neuro diagnosis I see. And to clean those up a little bit. It’s just going to take a bit of time. If you have any resources that would be helpful to the neuro patient population, please let me know by again, filling out the contact form!