Care of the Spinal Cord-Injured Patient

Chapter

Abstract

Despite advances in biomechanical engineering and safety devices, spinal cord injury (SCI) remains common in injured patients. Such injuries remain devastating events, often leaving patients with severe and life-changing disability. In acute and intensive care unit settings, the potential for neurologic compromise makes the rapid and accurate assessment, evaluation, and management of these patients of key importance in improving outcome.

Keywords

American Spinal Injury Association grading scale Cervical spine clearance Respiratory dysfunction Spinal shock 

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  1. 1.Department of SurgeryThomas Jefferson University HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA

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