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Spinal Immobilization

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Sat, 26 Apr 2003 09:17:36 -0500

I'll let Pret explain that he agreed with your points, but a little off
topic - where are different methods of spinal immobilization used.

In the US and some other countries a cervical collar and strapping to a
long spine board is the common method of immobilization.

What other methods are used and where are they used?

Especially, what countries transport without any immobilization device?

Thank you,

Tim Noonan

On Sat, 26 Apr 2003 15:53:37 +0300, "Aidan Tasker-Lynch"
<aidanems@hotmail.com> said:
> Dear Bjorn,
> Sorry, but there have been repeated studies which clearly and
> definately show that LBB's do NOT adequately immobilize patients and
> yes, as far as I,m concerned bad immobilization techniques have been
> perpetuated for many years, causing goodness knows what damage.
> The studies come from both sides of the Atlantic and I even repeated
> the immobilization studies with my group here in the Philippines - our
> results were exactly the same as the other studies:
> 1.  Three and a half inches lateral movement with a variety of fairly
>     standard strapping procedures.
> 2.  Two and a half inches lateral shift even with the extreme stapping
>     methods.
> I understand your point on cost, but picture the cost of spinal cord
> injury to our patients and the health system aqnd shouldn't our first
> question be "does it work" - if it doesn't (as in the case of the
> board) then no furter inquiry is needed. - By the way your quotation of
> $ 900 is way out MDI's is $350.00.
> I would be more than pleased to copy you with some studies and you can
> share them with your colleagues.
> Please forward postal address to: aidanems@hotmail.com
> Warmest Regards,
> Aidan.
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