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The SCI-POEM study The efficacy of acute surgical decompression after traumatic Spinal Cord Injury; a Prospective, Observational European Multicenter study. This study aims to investigate the effects of early spinal surgery after traumatic spinal cord injury. The investigators are evaluating whether spinal surgery performed within 12 hours post-injury is superior in improving  neurological motor outcomes when compared to late surgery performed more than 12 hours and within 14 days after the  traumatic spinal cord injury. With 17 clinics in 12 countries involved, the SCI-POEM study is the largest ongoing study on spinal cord injury in Europe. The  first participants have been recruited in Romania and Croatia; the British research ethics application is still pending. The  following British hospitals will be involved in the study: King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London, Oxford  University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation  Trust and the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The Foundation’s research director, Dr. Joost J. van Middendorp, is  the lead investigator in the UK and is coordinating the preparations and conduct of the study for involved British hospitals.  For more information about this research project please visit the website of the study sponsor: AOSpine. Study protocol  details have been published here and are also accessible on ClinicalTrials.gov. 
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