Tex. Fire Department Adopts New Spinal Immobilization Protocols
Field spinal immobilization has long been standard practice for movement of the patient with potential spinal compromise from the point of injury to the Trauma center. The long spineboard with a rigid cervical collar has been the central component of spinal motion restriction. This practice has persisted despite evidence to the benefit of the long spineboard.
Recent literature, and a joint position statement published by the American College of Surgeons Committee on trauma, and the National Association of EMS Physicians have called into question this practice. Research based out of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council has demonstrated superior methods of transport to promote spinal stabilization.
Click here to read the full position statement.