REASONS FOR READMISSIONS IN A SAMPLE OF PAKISTANI PEOPLE WITH TRAUMATIC SPINAL CORD INJURY

  • Ali Raza Qureshi Combined Military Hospital/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Faisal Javed Khan 71 Medical Battalion Kohat Pakistan
  • Saeed Bin Ayaz Combined Military Hospital Quetta/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Khalil Ahmad Combined Military Hospital Peshawar/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
Keywords: Trauma, Spinal cord injury, Spasticity, Pressure ulcer, Pain, Hospital readmission

Abstract

Objective:

To ascertain different reasons for hospital readmissions in a sample of Pakistani individuals with chronic spinal cord injury.

Study Design: A cross-sectional descriptive study.

Place and Duration of Study: Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFIRM), Rawalpindi Pakistan, from Nov 2011 to Nov 2012.

Material and Methods:

It was a cross-sectional survey carried out on individuals with chronic spinal cord injury admitted to the indoor spinal cord injury rehabilitation unit of AFIRM, Rawalpindi. SCI individuals having traumatic SCI of >6 months duration and injury scales of A-D defined by American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale (AIS) were included.

Results:

Out of 51 recruited patients (mean age 35 ± 11 years), majority (90.2%) were male, educated from grade 9-10, and developed SCI following a motor vehicle accident. Cervical neurological level was the commonest and the majority (74.5%) had SCI of AIS-A on readmission. Diabetes mellitus was the commonest co-morbidity. The mean duration post injury was 3.5 years. The common causes of readmission were pain (27.5%), spasticity (25.5%), and pressure ulcers (19.6%).The mean length of stay was 11.6 days.

Conclusion:

Pain, spasticity, and pressure ulcers were the main reasons for hospital readmissions in our sample of Pakistani people with chronic traumatic SCI.

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Published
2019-02-28
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Qureshi, A., Khan, F., Ayaz, S., & Ahmad, K. (2019). REASONS FOR READMISSIONS IN A SAMPLE OF PAKISTANI PEOPLE WITH TRAUMATIC SPINAL CORD INJURY. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal (PAFMJ), 69(1), 160-64. Retrieved from https://mail.pafmj.org/index.php/PAFMJ/article/view/2515
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