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Shepherd Center Radio Discusses Spinal Cord Injury in the First 72 Hours

Access case manager Dorea Fowler explains how spinal cord injury affects the body.

For people with spinal cord injury, the first 72 hours after injury are crucial to diagnose and manage ongoing treatment. In a new Shepherd Center Radio podcast, Shepherd Center access case manager Dorea Fowler, RN, speaks about treatments for people with spinal cord injury in the first 72 hours after injury. 

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In this podcast, Fowler discusses how spinal cord injury affects the body, including the levels of injury and muscles that coordinate with those injuries. She also addresses how people with spinal cord injury differ from other patients in an intensive care unit. 

Fowler began working at Shepherd Center in 1991 as a nurse in the Spinal Cord Injury Unit, including several years as program nurse for Shepherd Center's Spinal Cord Injury Day Program. She has also taught training courses on spinal cord injury for patients, families and staff members at Shepherd Center.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, multiple amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. Ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals for rehabilitation and the best in the Southeast, Shepherd Center treats more than 850 inpatients and 7,600 outpatients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.