Discharge Status

Spinal Trauma

Lead Author(s): 

Sigurd H. Berven, MD
Matthew D. Hepler, MD

Supporting Author(s): 

Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD

Discharge status from the hospital had a direct and linear correlation with age. For patients under 18 years of age, 72% were discharged home while only 15% were discharged to a long-term facility. The discharge status progressively changed with increasing age so that, for patients age 75 years and older, 19% were discharged home while 58% were discharged to a long-term facility. Although the overall rate of patients discharged to long-term care is slightly higher than for traumatic fractures than for VCF (54% vs. 42%), the age correlation appears to be independent of fracture severity because younger patients likely had more severe fractures. (Reference Table 3.3.1 PDF CSV and Table 3.3.3 PDF CSV) (G3A.2.1)
Hospital Discharge Status of Spine Fracture Patients, United States 2011


  • 2014

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