Let’s start with the man himself.
Dr. H.S. Chhabra is a renowned orthopaedic spine surgeon at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi and President Elect of the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCOS). He has been a stalwart supporter of ASCoN and readily shares his wealth of SCI knowledge with its members.
At the 2015 ASCoN Conference in Kathmandu early December, Dr Chhabra lead a mini symposium on the topic of SCI Prevention. Dr Chhabra writes the following summary of the Prevention project he is spearheading as President Elect of ISCOS.
What’s the project?
Although the incidence of spinal cord injury (SCI) is low, the consequences of this disabling condition are extremely significant for the individual, family, and the community. Falls are the most common cause of Spinal Cord Injury in the Asian region. Unfortunately Prevention of Falls has received the least attention. This could be because of the fact that epidemiology of SCI related to cause, differs between regions of the world. And in developed countries where most of the prevention programs have been initiated, road traffic crashes have been the dominant cause.
An effort is being made to get together various societies working in this field like International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS), Asian Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN), Spinal Cord Society (SCS), International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT), World Orthopaedic Concern (WOC), Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI), Indian Orthopaedic Association (IOA) and Indian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (IAPMR) to initiate prevention activities with a focus on fall prevention in the Asian region.
The various programs to disseminate information about preventing programs for SCI are proposed as under:
- Creating Awareness
- Use of Social Media
- Use of Mass Media
- Nominating Brand Ambassador
- Liaising with Policy makers
- Liaising with NGOs
- Liaising with other healthcare professional bodies
Scope of Work
The Project Team has been envisaged to propose an action plan for various prevention programs on SCI, to all the participating Societies through the Steering Committee, for approval. This would be done through:
- Understanding local epidemiology of SCI and devising specific prevention program for the region.
- Preparing specific prevention program report, which should include the following:
- Prevention program protocol
- Conduct of the program
- Budget for the program
- Cost benefit analysis for the program
- Progress reports at pre decided regular intervals to be submitted to the Advisory Committee
- Organizing fund raising programs for the programs
- Post program efficacy
The Latest News on the Project:
The above proposal was discussed during the recently concluded 14th ASCoN Conference held at Kathmandu.
A mini symposium was conducted where inputs from the participating delegates were taken. The following are the highlights:
- Creation of App for evacuation and prevention strategies
- Chapter on injury prevention as part of education curriculum
- Innovative local techniques shall be preferred. For example, fruit picking while standing on ground using an assistive devise, manufacturing of safety harness with locally available material. Involvement of local mountaineering teams for training may also be considered.
These suggestions have now been included as part of the program.
As part of the program, a Prevention Poster Competition was conducted at the site. Ms. Roksana Hoque, Bangladesh won the first prize of USD 50.
It has been decided to conduct such poster competitions during various conferences so as to gain interest in the participating delegates.
Much thanks to Dr Chhabra and the energy and drive he provides to SCI organizations world-wide.