ACDIS tip: Functional quadriplegia

CDI Strategies - Volume 14, Issue 51

Functional quadriplegia should be considered with patients diagnosed with severe, end-stage dementia or an advanced progressive neurogenerative disorder such as multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), cerebral palsy, or Huntington’s disease. The nursing admission functional assessment should provide clinical validation demonstrating the patient’s inability to move extremities, requiring total assist with activities of daily living. These patients often present with contractures and muscular atrophy.

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