Spinal injuries centres (SICs) for acute traumatic spinal cord injury

Added August 12, 2013

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There is insufficient evidence on the benefits or disadvantages of immediate referral versus late referral to spinal injuries centres in patients with acute traumatic spinal cord injury.

The majority of acute traumatic spinal cord injuries related complications occur within the first 24 hours and, therefore, spinal injuries centres (SICs) are thought to impact on the pre-transfer care of patients with spinal cord injuries. However, the majority of patients do not have access to such specialist centres. This review assessed whether immediate referral to an SIC results in better patient outcomes compared to delayed referral.