How can I prevent it?
Patients with both complete and incomplete lesions can be affected (it is less common and less severe in the latter group).
Not all patients will be affected, but about 50%-70% of patients at or above T6 are likely to experience symptoms of Autonomic Dysreflexia at some time.
There are some simple things you can do to help prevent AD:
- Relieve pressure in bed or chair – frequently
- Use Factor 15 sunscreen
- Watch water temperatures
- Adhere to the bowel program – faithfully
- Keep catheters clean and stick to the catheterisation schedule