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The continued evolution of ISNCSCI – an interactive update

1Rupp R, 2Kirshblum S, 3Tansey K, 4Burns S
1Heidelberg University Hospital - Spinal Cord Injury Center, Heidelberg, BW, Germany; 2Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, West Orange, NJ, USA; 3University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, USA; 4Spinal Cord Injury Service, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA, USA

This workshop is intended to serve as an interactive forum to inform the SCI community about several proposed updates/changes to the ISNCSCI examination being considered by the International Standards Committee. Also, the intent is to receive feedback from the SCI professional audience about the relevance, complexity and practicality of any of the changes being considered. This feedback will be obtained from participants by dedicated questionnaires and open discussion. Specifically, the course will address:
- implementation of documentation for non-SCI related impairments and the consequences for ISNCSCI classification
- a proposed new definition of motor levels at the cut-off segments C5 and L2
- presentation of components of an extended research examination
- presentation of guidelines for quick screening and abbreviated follow-up examinations.
At the end of each segment, time will be allocated for the audience to provide relevant feedback on that issue. The workshop will end with a general discussion providing participants with the opportunity to give general feedback on every aspect of the ISNCSCI's examination and classification procedures and to identify potential future ISNCSCI topics.

Course Chair:
Ruediger Rupp, Dr.-Ing.
Senior Scientist and head of Experimental Neurorehabilitation
Heidelberg University Hospital - Spinal Cord Injury Center

Steven Kirshblum, M.D.
Senior Medical Officer and Director of Spinal Cord Injury Services, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
Professor and Chair, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Keith E. Tansey, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson
Senior Scientist, Methodist Rehabilitation Center
Physician, Veterans Administration Medical Center

Stephen Burns, M.D.
Director, Spinal Cord Injury Service, VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Associate professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington
Funding Sources:

Draft Agenda:
0:00-0:05 Introduction of the scope of the workshop (R. Rupp)
0:05-0:23 Documentation of non-SCI related impairments (R. Rupp)
0:23-0:41 Motor levels in cut-off segments C5 / L2 (S. Kirshblum)
0:41-0:59 Guidelines for a research add-on examination (K. Tansey)
0:59-1:17 Guidelines for screening / follow-up examinations (S. Burns)
1:17-1:30 Feedback on current ISNCSCI revision and future topics (Panel)


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