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Surgical aspects 1: Orthopaedic

  • William Stewart Taor
Part of the Progress in Rehabilitation book series (PRORE)


Most people would agree that in an ideal world all patients with any neurological disturbance following a spinal injury should be admitted to a special spinal injury unit, preferably within 24 hours of the accident, or as soon as the patient’s general condition permits, in order to avoid early infection of the paralysed bladder and the development of other complications, particularly pressure sores.


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