A Different World

Reprinted from PN March 2003

People often don't appreciate our country's medical and rehabilitation resources. Teaching spinal-cord-injury care in Brazil is an eye-opener.

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A typical patient room, hospital bed, and wheelchair at the University of Sao Paulo hospital are basic.

In August 2002, Kathleen Dunn, M.S., R.N., C.R.R.N.-A., visited Brazil to teach several courses in spinal-cord-injury (SCI) care. This visit was made possible by a grant from the G. Heiner Sell Fund of the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) and a scholarly activity grant from the Gamma Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).

In the March 2003 PN/Paraplegia News, read Dunn's article about the classes she taught; how she leaped the language barrier; the contrasts she found in training, equipment, and procedures; and the dedication and eagerness to learn among the Brazilian medical personnel she encountered.


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