3. Promoting Bladder Health and Preventing Complications
The spinal cord injury’s effect on the individual’s GU system will be dependent on the level and completeness of the injury, which will determine the appropriate bladder management technique. The inability to control bladder emptying places the person with a spinal cord injury at risk for potential complications, such as infections and retention. This chapter will review the medical professional’s role in providing education on potential urinary tract complications and discussing strategies to promote a healthy urinary system.