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C-Spine collars.....best for Prehospital use

Summers, David David.Summers at tenethealth.com
Thu Aug 14 21:03:12 BST 2008


In addition to the input below:

Long spine boards: Radiolucent for X-ray and CT scan please.


Play Safe.

D

David A. Summers RN, CFRN, EMT-P
Pediatric Trauma Nurse Coordinator
St. Mary's Trauma Center
901 45th Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
561-882-6429 - Office
561-881-0945 - Secured Fax
david.summers at tenethealth.com  

-----Original Message-----
From: trauma-list-bounces at trauma.org [mailto:trauma-list-bounces at trauma.org] On Behalf Of Sarah CAllier
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2008 11:17 AM
To: Trauma & Critical Care mailing list
Subject: RE: C-Spine collars.....best for Prehospital use

My service just switched from carrying 3 of every adult size and 2 of each pediatric size, to now having 3 adult sizable and 2 pediatric sizable c-collars. It is so much better Now when going into a fall patient we only need 1 c-collar instead of carrying the entire bag into someones apartment we now have to only have to bring in one c-collar. I would suggest getting sizable c-collars, they may be more expensive at first to buy but you do not have to order every size, it saves time in ordering, saves room in supply and on your truck. 
When you are looking a spine boards I suggest finding one that does not have a thin little bar that you strap the boards to. I am unsure what brand we carry but we have just finished phasing out the spine boards that have the little bar to attach the straps to because they break way to easy. 

--- On Wed, 8/13/08, Hillen Gregory <Gregory.Hillen at oxamb.nhs.uk> wrote:

From: Hillen Gregory <Gregory.Hillen at oxamb.nhs.uk>
Subject: RE: C-Spine collars.....best for Prehospital use
To: trauma-list at trauma.org
Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 10:09 PM

Dear All,

I am currently ordering in stock for our station and would like to get
some input as to you recommendations/thoughts on the following:
1) Using the adjustable collars vs rigid non-adjustable.
2) On arrival at ED which seems to do the job best.
3) What would you recommend for pre-hospital use?
4) What is used within your service/area and do you feel they are
effective?

I do realise that is up to the training, individual preference, space on
vehicles etc etc but your thoughts would be appreciated.

Regards.
Gregory Hillen
FF/USART/SR Para

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