Spinal Immobilization in Trauma Patients – The Facts

There is no high-level evidence that prehospital spinal immobilization positively impacts patient-oriented outcomes Spinal Immobilization Does NOT Help Immobilize the Cervical Spine Spinal Immobilization Does NOT Decrease Rates of Spinal Cord Injury Spinal Immobilization Increases the Difficulty of Airway Management Spinal Immobilization Can Cause Pressure Ulcers Spinal Immobilization Changes the Physical Exam Spinal Immobilization Worsens […]

Goodbye C-Collar

Published reports of early secondary neurologic deterioration after blunt spinal trauma are exceptionally rare and generally poorly documented. High-risk features may include altered mental status and ankylosing spondylitis. It is unclear how often events are linked with spontaneous patient movement and whether such events are preventable.

EMS: C-Collars…time to dump them!

Conclusions These data support the findings of the proof of concept study, for haemodynamically stable patients controlled self-extrication causes less movement of the cervical spine than extrications performed using traditional prehospital rescue equipment. read more

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