The long spine board does not reduce lateral motion during transport-a randomized healthy volunteer crossover trial

David A. Wampler, Chloe Pineda, Joan Polk, Emily Kidd, Dale Leboeuf, Marti Flores, Mike Shown, Chetan Kharod, Ronald M Stewart, Craig Cooley

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Abstract

Objective: For thirty years, emergency medical services agencies have emphasized limiting spinal motion during transport of the trauma patient to the emergency department. The long spine board (LSB) has been the mainstay of spinal motion restriction practices, despite the paucity of data to support its use. The purpose of this study was to determine reduction in lateral motion afforded by the LSB in comparison to the stretcher mattress alone. Methods: This was a randomized controlled crossover trial where healthy volunteer subjects were randomly assigned to either LSB or stretcher mattress only. All subjects were fitted with a rigid cervical collar, secured to the assigned device (including foam head blocks), and driven on a closed course with prescribed turns at a low speed (

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Oct 5 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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