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Q&A: What was the hardest part of the first days in the hospital?

Hospitalization After a Spinal Cord Injury
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Q: What was the hardest part of the first days in the hospital?

In 2020, the average length of stay in hospital acute care was only 11 days, down from  24 days in 1970. It can be a confusing and chaotic experience for patients and families. Patients are often heavily medicated and report feeling dazed, or not fully understanding the situation. Most are unfamiliar with a spinal cord injury and grasping the possible lifelong implications can be overwhelming.

We asked 100 men and women to share the hardest part of the first days in the hospital following a spinal cord injury. Below are the most insightful answers.

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