Wilderness medical society practice guidelines for spine immobilization in the austere environment: 2014 update

Robert H. Quinn, Jason Williams, Brad L. Bennett, Gregory Stiller, Arthur A. Islas, Seth McCord

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Abstract

In an effort to produce best practice guidelines for spine immobilization in the austere environment, the Wilderness Medical Society convened an expert panel charged with the development of evidence-based guidelines for management of the injured or potentially injured spine in an austere (dangerous or compromised) environment. Recommendations are made regarding several parameters related to spinal immobilization. These recommendations are graded on the basis of the quality of supporting evidence and balance between the benefits and risks or burdens for each parameter according to the methodology stipulated by the American College of Chest Physicians. A treatment algorithm based on the guidelines is presented. This is an updated version of original WMS Practice Guidelines for Spine Immobilization in the Austere Environment published in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine 2013;24(3):241-252.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S105-S117
JournalWilderness and Environmental Medicine
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cervical spine clearance
  • cervical spine immobilization
  • cervical spine injury
  • spinal immobilization
  • spinal injury
  • spinal trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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