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n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Acute neurorehabilitation - an introduction : main article
Acute rehabilitation services make use of interdisciplinary teams in order to treat neurologically impaired patients.
The interdisciplinary teams work closely with an extensive network of supporting services.
The primary goal of rehabilitation is to restore maximal function following a neurological insult or illness.
Patients are admitted to acute rehabilitation units a short time after the neurological insult, once medically stable and able to participate in a graded programme of therapy.
The patient and family form a pivotal part of the interdisciplinary model of rehabilitation.
Patients with neurological deficits are often at high risk of developing serious secondary complications.
The prevention of secondary complications is an important goal in the effective management of neurologically impaired patients.
Acute inpatient rehabilitation is usually followed up by ongoing outpatient therapy services after discharge.
The delivery of effective rehabilitation services after injury has important economic implications for the patient, family, funders and state medical systems.
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