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Reality of SCI

Reality of SCI

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The reality of spinal-cord injuries, supplied by the Rick Hansen Foundation.
The reality of spinal-cord injuries, supplied by the Rick Hansen Foundation.

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Reality of SCI

THE REALITY OF SCI
Spinal cord injuries have a devasta ng impact on the health and well-being of individuals. Many would categorize SCI as one of the greatest survivable catastrophes experienced by a human being. Health care services for people who sustain a spinal cord injury are highly specialized and complex. Regardless of cause or age at injury, SCI has far reaching consequences for individuals and their families.

COST OF SCI
Financial care requirements over a life me for each individual can vary from The economic cost of trauma c spinal cord injury in Canada is es mated at

C1 C2 C3 C4 C5
**

$1.6 $3.0
2.6x
more o en

Million

PARAPLEGIC
Million

$3.6
PER YEAR

Billion

C6 C7 T1 T2 T3 T4

SOME FACTS ON SCI IN CANADA
People living with SCI in Canada

health care, equipment and modifica ons, long-term care

86,000 4,300
121,000 projected by 2030* 5,800 a year by 2030* Trauma c SCI occurs most commonly in males between the ages of

Number of new cases of SCI each year

QUADRIPLEGIC
CANADIANS WITH SCI
Are re-hospitalized
COMPARED TO THE GENERAL POPULATION

T5 T6 T7 T8

16 34
years old
1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 26-30 31-35 36-40 41-45 46-50 51-55 56-60 61-65 66-70 71-75 76-80 81-85 86-90 91-95 96-100

Require contact with a physician

Have a far shorter life expectancy

T9 T10 T11 T12 L1 L2 L3 L4 L5

3.0x

15 30

more o en

fewer years

Require home care services

...as the popula on ages more injuries will occur from falls and illnesses.
*Source: The Incidence and Prevalence of Spinal Cord Injury in Canada, Urban Futures Ins tute, 2010.

30x

more hours

**Source: The Economic Burden of Spinal Cord Injury in Canada, H. Krueger & Associates, 2010.

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