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Accountability for displaying proper patient lifting and moving – whether it’s physically lifting patients or utilizing equipment – rests at the top of the agency
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Your patient has neurological deficits after a traumatic injury. Should you use a backboard?
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We asked EMS1 Facebook fans for their ideas for other uses of backboards
Spinal immobilization is based on exam findings and patient complaints, not the mechanism of injury
Scoop stretchers, soft tarps, KEDs, and vacuum splints may all be useful when moving a patient with modified spinal motion restriction
With studies showing spinal immobilization often does more harm than good, more agencies will adopt policies limiting backboards in 2015
Patients will be placed on a padded stretcher for spinal immobilization; Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is one of the first agencies in the state to make the policy change
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In many cases using a backboard can do more harm to a patient than it does good
Studies also explore at how extreme temperatures affect EMS response, and the use of long backboards
They will use backboards when moving patients to the ambulance, but then roll them onto a cot during transport to the hospital
When assessing and treating patients in a cold environment, do these simple things to help prevent heat loss and improve heat retention