Short Tilte:Gunshot versus nongunshot spinal cord injury: Acute care and rehabilitation outcomes
Journal:American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):01, 80, 5, 366-370
Study examining the impact of gunshot etiology on outcomes of acute and rehabilitation care for spinal cord injury (SCI). Data are from a total of 212 pairs of patients admitted to an SCI Model System between 1988-1999. Patients with gunshot-caused SCI were matched with patients with non-gunshot-caused SCI with respect to age, education, sex, race, marital status, occupational status at time of injury, and injury level. There were significant differences between the two groups in rates of spinal surgery and charges for acute care, but no differences in length of stay (LOS), charges for rehabilitation care, or postrehabilitation discharge placement.