Treating traumatic spinal cord injury

12 Aug 2019

There are few current or population-based estimates of acute hospitalization costs, length of stay, and other outcomes for people with traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI). This poses a problem for planning access to specialist SCI health care services. In this record linkage study, researchers from The University of Sydney’s John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, the NSW state-wide Spinal Injury Service, The Prince of Wales Hospital, UNSW and CBEH (UQ) estimated the costs of treatment for acute TSCI according to the different treatment pathways that exist at present. The researchers found that direct transfer to specialist spinal cord injury units (rather than indirect transfers) resulted in lower treatment costs, shorter lengths of stay, and less costly complications.

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