Why is it important to hold the C spine?
Stabilizing the cervical spine
To prevent hyperextension of the head and neck, padding between the occiput and the board must be used in the vast majority of patients who are immobilized. Remember to immobilize the torso first, followed by the head and neck.
Why is cervical immobilization important?
The theory behind this is that spine immobilization prevents secondary spinal cord injury during extrication, transport, and evaluation of trauma patients by minimizing movement.
What is the purpose of spinal immobilization?
Background: Spinal immobilisation involves the use of a number of devices and strategies to stabilise the spinal column after injury and thus prevent spinal cord damage. The practice is widely recommended and widely used in trauma patients with suspected spinal cord injury in the pre-hospital setting.
When should you use spinal immobilization?
Patients who should have spinal immobilization include the following:
- Blunt trauma.
- Spinal tenderness or pain.
- Patients with an altered level of consciousness.
- Neurological deficits.
- Obvious anatomic deformity of the spine.
- High energy trauma in a patient intoxicated from drugs, alcohol, or a distracting injury.
What is meant by immobilization?
Medical Definition of immobilization
: the act of immobilizing or state of being immobilized: as. a : quiet rest in bed for a prolonged period used in the treatment of disease (as tuberculosis) b : fixation (as by a plaster cast) of a body part usually to promote healing in normal structural relation.
What is the C spine?
About the cervical spine
The cervical spine refers to the seven spinal bones (vertebrae) in the neck. It supports the head and connects to the thoracic spine. Most of the ability to turn the head comes from the top two segments of the cervical spine.
How do I Immobilise my spine?
There is variation in the methods used to immobilise the spine during transportation to hospital from the scene of an accident. Full inline spinal immobilisation can include a cervical collar, head restraints and either a long spinal board or scoop stretcher.
When do you use AC spine collar?
They’re typically meant for short-term use while you recover from an injury, surgery, or pain. Some conditions that may require the use of a cervical collar include the following: Whiplash and trauma.
What is a C spine test?
A cervical spine CT scan is a medical procedure that uses specialized X-ray equipment and computer imaging to create a visual model of your cervical spine. The cervical spine is the portion of the spine that runs through the neck. Because of this, the test is also called a neck CT scan.