Care for Patients with Spinal Cord Injury in Hospital

Neurosciences, Rehabilitation & Vision Strategic Clinical Network™

In Alberta, there are four sites, including five programs, in the two major urban cities that provide acute, post-acute and inpatient rehabilitative care for patients with acute spinal cord injury (SCI). Additionally, patients who live with SCI can be admitted to any of the 98 hospitals in Alberta for issues unrelated to their SCI. Care of persons with SCI is diverse, complex and involves several care disciplines, and it is currently not standardized provincially.

The NRV SCN is leading a provincial initiative to improve and standardize the nursing and allied health care for patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) in Alberta acute care and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals. The goal of this initiative is to: decrease practice variation, improve patient and family experience, improve transitions in care, and to improve safety for patients.

Summary of Initiative

Standardized Topics

Ten topics were prioritized for standardization. The following topics are completed:

Autonomic Dysreflexia

Mental Health

Neurogenic Bladder Management

Neurogenic Bowel Management

Skin Integrity – Pressure Injury Prevention

Other topics will be posted as they are completed.