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

Mike Smertka medic0947969 at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 16 04:14:46 BST 2008


Well said,
 
any thoughts on how to ditch the plastic backboards also? Be a shame to still be looking at them 20 years from now like MAST trousers
 
Mike

--- On Fri, 8/15/08, Bjorn, Pret <pbjorn at emh.org> wrote:

From: Bjorn, Pret <pbjorn at emh.org>
Subject: RE: C-Spine collars.....best for Prehospital use
To: "Trauma & Critical Care mailing list" <trauma-list at trauma.org>
Date: Friday, August 15, 2008, 1:40 PM

Gregory,

With all respect, you're thinking too much.  It stems from a common
phenomenon I've come to refer to as "Spinal Fixation."  The first
step
in recovery is admitting you have a problem.

Prehospital spinal management requires a SPLINT: simple, temporary,
cheap.  There is no evidence that an expensive  plastic Tinker Toy
yields any better outcomes than a carefully wadded 75-cent daily
newspaper.  

Don't be offended; it's just the nature of the task at hand.  Your
objective is to quickly immobilize and transport the patient.  That's
WAY different than that of the ED or inpatient unit, to whom you owe
nothing if up until then you've kept the spine still.  (In our hospital,
no patient with spinal precautions leaves the ED without a Miami-J(R)
collar.  That's sixty-something bucks, non-reusable, and surprisingly
easy to do wrong.  You don't want nor need to rise to that bar.)

Go with something your squad can easily afford, intuitively learn, and
quickly apply.  Don't sacrifice ANY of these objectives to impress or
conform, unless you can reduce preventable cord injury in the
prehospital phase -- which none of the commercial gizmos can claim.

Pret Bjorn, RN
Bangor, ME USA



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Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2008 9:15 AM
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Subject: Re: C-Spine collars.....best for Prehospital use





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?


WE USE PERFITACE FROM AMBU. 1 SIZE..MUCH EASIER THAN CARRYING MULTIPLE 
SIZES



-----Original Message-----
From: Hillen Gregory <Gregory.Hillen at oxamb.nhs.uk>
To: trauma-list at trauma.org
Sent: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 11:09 pm
Subject: RE: C-Spine collars.....best for Prehospital use



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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