Category Archives: Spine

What’s that For?

Over the years, pre-hospital care has grown. We’ve moved away from some equipment, and have relegated other to dark corners of cabinets. Patient care is constantly changing. Some of this equipment has been shown to be ineffective, while other inventions … Continue reading

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Hello! McFly!

We’ve all had patients that seem to be with us, but happen to be a few crayons short of the box of 64. Perhaps their lights seem to be off. How can we assess thoroughly someone’s neurological function? Trauma, stroke, electrolyte … Continue reading

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Do C-Collars Help or Hurt?

July 6, 2015 Last week we discussed criteria to prevent unnecessary immobilization, this week we’ll take it a step further. A reader of the Medical Monday (Sheri) had suggested that I read an article for JEMS Magazine (January 26, 2015) … Continue reading

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To Board or Not to Board

June 29, 2015 Probably one of the most controversial changes to medical care both in OEC and EMS in general over the last few years is clearing the spine. I am going to discuss why and how it affects our … Continue reading

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