Backboards and Spinal Trauma

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August 13, 2015
Backboards and Spinal Trauma

What is everyone's opinion or protocol on using backboards during extrication or for immobilization? Our level one trauma center near us has lobbied the state successfully to change the state's trauma protocol limiting the use of backboards, especially in distance transports greater than 20 minutes. This was met with resistance from paramedics and emergency physicians alike, even though the research and clincial evidence shows that long board immobilization can be extremely detremental to a patient's long term recovery. What are the protocols like for those that are working on the track regularly regarding this issue when the paramedics or on scene physican suspects significant spinal trauma?

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