Short Tilte:Medical complications during acute rehabilitation following spinal cord injury - Current experience of the Model Systems
Journal:Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):99, 80, 11, 1397-1401
Study examining the frequency of common medical complications during acute rehabilitation in persons with new spinal cord injury (SCI), based on analysis of data on 1,649 new entries from 1996 through mid-1998 into the National SCI Statistical Center (NSCISC) database. Conditions examined included pressure ulcers, autonomic dysreflexia, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism, atelectasis/pneumonia, cardiopulmonary arrest, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, and renal complications. Some complications have declined in frequency, but others have increased. The authors attribute the increases to continued declining lengths of stay (LOS) in acute care after SCI.