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Spinal cord injury in the elderly.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Critical care nursing clinics of North America
Publication Date
Volume
12
Issue
4
Pages
509–519
Identifiers
PMID: 11855254
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Caring for patients who have sustained an SCI requires the nurse to be knowledgeable in the pathophysiology of the disorder, the sequelae following the injury, and the nursing care activities. Additional knowledge is required of the nurse when the patient with SCI is elderly. The nurse must be familiar with the changes in the body systems caused by aging, the alterations in the spine from aging, and how these changes impact the sequelae and nursing care activities.

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