For many people who have suffered a TBI, SCI, or other catastrophic injury, the healthcare complications that occur after the initial incident often have the greatest impact on recovery efforts and quality of life. One complication can lead directly to another, creating a negative spiral that can quickly get out of control, potentially requiring re-hospitalization.

Research consistently shows that high quality preventative care, particularly when provided by skilled nurses or other clinical professionals, can significantly reduce the number and severity of complications experienced by catastrophic injury patients. The Accord Services team is experienced at anticipating and preventing complications, thereby allowing our clients to live happy, healthy lives without unnecessary re-hospitalizations.


Understanding Complications

Analysis of the reasons why SCI patients are readmitted to the hospital shows that many readmissions are avoidable. Much pain and suffering could be avoided and substantial amounts of money could be saved through better use of preventative healthcare.

Year 1
Year 2
Year 5
Year 10
Year 15
Year 20
Abnormal Renal Function 8.1% 7.6% 10.6% 14.7% 20.9% 25.9%
Auto Dysreflexia 10.9% 1.6% 10.4% 10.6% 13.7% 17.6%
Pressure Ulcer 15.2% 17.8% 19.9% 23.3% 24.7% 29.4%

(Source: 2010 NSCISC Annual Statistical Report)


There is also a compounding effect with complications:
One complication can lead to another, resulting in a cascade of physical and mental health issues. Our caregivers are trained to detect problems early and fix them before they lead to other issues.

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(Source: “Services provided following compensable work-related tetraplegia”. A.E. Young, B. Webster, et al. © 2004 International Spinal Cord Society)