Increased risk of thromboembolism

The incidence of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism may be more common in the paralyzed patient. However, the evidence is conflicting. Increased incidence of infection

Although immobility may predispose to infection, regular physiotherapy and postural care reduces this risk to a minimum. Bibliography

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