• Review of time to surgical decompression in traumatic spinal cord injured patients

      Smith, E; O’Reilly, A; Synnott, K; Morris, S; Timlin, M (Irish Medical Journal (IMJ), 2015-10)
      Interventions which may improve neurological outcomes, including time to surgical decompression, in traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) evoke much interest. The majority of TSCI patients in Ireland are managed acutely at the National Spinal Injuries Unit (NSIU). A retrospective review of healthcare records of TSCI patients, who had surgical management there, in 2010, 2011, 2012, was performed. From the information gathered, the duration of each stage of the patient pathway was calculated. Median duration between onset of injury and time of arrival at local hospital was 1 hour 25 minutes, between arrival at local hospital and referral to NSIU was 4 hours 17 minutes, between referral to and arrival at NSIU was 6 hours 25 minutes, between onset of injury and arrival at NSIU was 13 hours 7 minutes, between onset of injury and surgical decompression was 27 hours. A number of factors have been identified which could influence these time durations.