Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) can have dire consequences requiring ongoing, with the majority of its (mostly young) victims experiencing permanent major paralysis. This is why an ISCRR research team is looking not only at the immediate post-injury care (referred to specifically as "trauma care"), but also the care received after an initial injury has been addressed and the patient's life-threatening period has passed.

Both of these periods in care fall under the umbrella term of "acute care" - a term used to describe the active but short-term treatment that a patient receives around a severe injury, including not only emergency/trauma care, but also specialist in-hospital treatment and rehabilitation related to the injury.

Dr Ian Mosley from LaTrobe's School of Nursing and Midwifery is leading this research team looking closely at how the whole process of acute care unfolds in relation to SCI in Victoria.

Key stakeholders, such as the TAC and Alfred Health, will use this research to model their ongoing care processes in order to maximise outcomes for their patients.

Status

This project is ongoing. Watch this space for updates.

A trauma patient recovering in hospital