TABLE 1-2 Activities of Daily Living, by Level of Spinal Cord Injury

Activities of Daily Living

Level of Injury

Cervical 1-3

Cervical 4

Cervical 5

Cervical 6

Respiratory control

  • Ventilator dependent

  • Inability to clear secretions

May be able to breathe without ventilator

  • Low endurance

  • May require assist to clear secretions

  • Low endurance

  • May require assist to clear secretions

Bowel control

Total assist

Total assist

Total assist

Independent to total assist

Bladder control

Total assist

Total assist

Total assist

Some to total assist

Bed mobility

Total assist

Total assist

Some assist

Independent to total assist

Bed and wheelchair transfers

Total assist

Total assist

Total assist

Independent to total assist

Pressure relief and positioning

Total assist; may be independent with equipment

Total assist; may be independent with equipment

Independent with equipment

Independent with equipment

Eating

Total assist

Total assist

Total assist for setup, then independent eating with equipment

Independent



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