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What is the first aid treatment for spinal injury?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
The following are first aid treatment guidelines for spinal injury:
  • Call for medical help.
  • Only if victim needs to be turned on back, use log-roll technique (stabilize the head and neck while you instruct your helper to roll the victim's body as a single unit onto his/her back.)
  • Only if victim is in imminent danger, use clothes-drag technique (lay victim on back and drag by his/her clothing, keeping the body aligned) to move victim to safety. Hold the head and neck so that they do not move, bend or twist.
  • Immobilize the head and neck in the position found. Use your hands, blankets, clothing, or any other available materials to hold head and neck firmly.
  • Calm and reassure victim until help arrives.
  • Do not turn or move victim unless there's a danger of fire, explosion, or other life-threatening incident.
  • Do not put pillow under victim's head.
  • Do not give victim anything to eat or drink.
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