Development and implementation of a clinical pathway for spinal cord injuries 49th Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Vitaz, T. W., McIlvoy, L., Raque, G. H., Spain, D. A., Shields, C. B. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 2001: 271–76


The authors have developed a clinical pathway for the treatment of spinal cord injuries to help improve patient care. A clinical pathway for the treatment of patients with spinal cord injury was developed through a multidisciplinary approach. The control group (group 1) consisted of patients who were treated in the 2 years before the initiation of the pathway. Data from patients treated in conjunction with this pathway were collected prospectively (group 2). Thirty-six patients were treated in conjunction with the pathway compared with 22 in the control group. Group 2 had 6.8 fewer intensive care unit days, 11.5 fewer hospital days, 6 fewer ventilator days (p < 0.05), and a lower rate of complications. The use of a clinical care pathway for spinal cord injuries has resulted in improved patient care and fewer complications.

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