The prehospital management of suspected spinal cord injury: an update

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Abstract

Introduction Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a serious condition that may lead to long-term disabilities placing financial and social burden on patients and their families, as well as their communities. Spinal immobilization has been considered the standard prehospital care for suspected SCI patients. However, there is a lack of consensus on its beneficial impact on patients outcome. Objective This paper reviews the current literature on the epidemiology of traumatic SCI and the practice of prehospital spinal immobilization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399 - 402
Number of pages4
JournalPrehospital and Disaster Medicine
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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