When is patient transfer indicated in the treatment of spinal cord injury (SCI)?

Updated: Nov 01, 2018
  • Author: Lawrence S Chin, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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Answer

Depending on local policy, patients with acute spinal cord injury are best treated at a regional spinal cord injury center. Therefore, once stabilized, early referral to a regional spinal cord injury center is best. The center should be organized to provide ongoing definitive care.

Other reasons to transfer the patient include the lack of appropriate diagnostic imaging (computed tomography [CT] scanning or magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]) and/or inadequate spine consultant support (orthopedist or neurosurgeon).


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