University of Miami Neuro-Spinal Index (UMNI): A quantiative method for determining spinal cord function

K. J. Klose, Barth A Green, R. S. Smith, R. H. Adkins, A. M. MacDonald

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Abstract

At the University of Miami the authors have developed a quantitative scale for assessing spinal cord function and have utilized this scale in evaluating acute spinal cord injury patients over the last year. The assessments are performed by specially trained physical therapists who see the patients within an hour of their arrival at the hospital emergency room. The University of Miami Neuro-Spinal Index (UMNI) utilizes standard methods of spinal cord functional assessment to produce a numerical value which can be used to determine change in a patient's status, even when the change is minimal. The UMNI yields both a sensory and motor scale which can be dealt with individually or in combination. This scale permits one to compare across patients, quantitative changes in status regardless of the initial level of injury. The UMNI is sensitive to small changes. The authors are in the process of determining the UMNI's potential as a predictor of outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-336
Number of pages6
JournalParaplegia
Volume18
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 31 1980
Externally publishedYes

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Spinal Cord
Physical Therapists
Spinal Cord Injuries
Hospital Emergency Service
Wounds and Injuries

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Klose, K. J., Green, B. A., Smith, R. S., Adkins, R. H., & MacDonald, A. M. (1980). University of Miami Neuro-Spinal Index (UMNI): A quantiative method for determining spinal cord function. Paraplegia, 18(5), 331-336.

University of Miami Neuro-Spinal Index (UMNI) : A quantiative method for determining spinal cord function. / Klose, K. J.; Green, Barth A; Smith, R. S.; Adkins, R. H.; MacDonald, A. M.

In: Paraplegia, Vol. 18, No. 5, 31.12.1980, p. 331-336.

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Klose, KJ, Green, BA, Smith, RS, Adkins, RH & MacDonald, AM 1980, 'University of Miami Neuro-Spinal Index (UMNI): A quantiative method for determining spinal cord function', Paraplegia, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 331-336.
Klose, K. J. ; Green, Barth A ; Smith, R. S. ; Adkins, R. H. ; MacDonald, A. M. / University of Miami Neuro-Spinal Index (UMNI) : A quantiative method for determining spinal cord function. In: Paraplegia. 1980 ; Vol. 18, No. 5. pp. 331-336.
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