RESULTS: 203 patients were enrolled, 95 women and 108 men. Location of the spinal injury was broken down into three categories: 76 cervical spine injury, 43 thoracic spine injury and 84 lumbar spine injury. The mean age was 57.5 years. Complication rates were found to be greater in cervical spine injury as compared to thoracic and lumbar, with regard to ICU length of stay (days) (5.7 vs. 0.9 vs. 1.0, p = 0.0007), hospital length of stay (days) (12.2 vs. 5.7 vs. 5.1, p = 0.0006), number of ventilator days (3.7 vs. 0.2 vs. 0.1, p = 0.0104), and incidence of pulmonary infection (%) (46 vs. 14 vs. 10, p< 0.0001). Difference in ISS, intubation rate, and survival was found to be insignificant.