RescueDigest Resources: Spinal Stabilization

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Christopher Miller Spinal ImmobilizationWhat have we been doing all these years?
Spinal injuries cause an estimated 6,000 deaths and 5,000 new cases of quadriplegia each year. It’s no wonder that EMS providers have been taught, “Better to board them all than miss a single injury.” But universal spinal immobilization has its own costs and risks, and there are better options. Should we be “boarding” everyone, no one, or somewhere in between? What is “safe” and what are the liabilities? These resources help you examine EMS field care of traumatic c-spine injuries evaluating different selective spinal stabilization protocols, pros and cons of common spinal stabilization tools and techniques and methods for providers of any level to help their system adopt and implement these best practices.

Spinal Stabilization Resources for EMS

Selective C-Spine Model Protocols

New England Center for Rescue & Emergency Medicine’s Own Programs:

Board to Death: Improving Spinal Stabilization in 3 Steps!

About romduck

Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and educator with more than thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and private emergency medical services. Rom is a career fire captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator for the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department and director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine. Rom holds a master’s degree in public administration, is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program, and is the recipient of the NAEMT Presidential Award, American Red Cross Hero Award, Sepsis Alliance Sepsis Hero Award, and the EMS 10 Innovators Award. Rom is the author of "Duckworth on Education," as well as chapters in more than a dozen EMS, fire, rescue, and medical textbooks and over 100 published articles in fire and EMS magazines. A member of the NAEMT Board of Directors, as well as other national and international advocacy and advisory boards, Rom continues to work for the advancement of emergency services professions. Contact Rom via