Resource: Nurse Advice Line

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Resource: Nurse Advice Line

 Resource: Nurse Advice Line

Nurses at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado, can help you identify potential SCI/D complications before they become serious health issues. This free service provides a dedicated nurse to answer non-emergency calls about spinal cord injury or brain injury Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mountain time. To answer questions from callers, resources for over 150 health issues have been compiled in a database from the experience of Craig nursing staff. The nurses answering calls are licensed in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., are certified in rehabilita­tion nursing or neuroscience nursing. Call 800/247-0257 or 303/789-8508.

2018-08-28T12:30:04+00:00Categories: Latest, United Spinal Updates|

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