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Value of prehospital assessment of spine fracture by paramedics.

08:00 EDT 5th August 2017 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "Value of prehospital assessment of spine fracture by paramedics."

Current guidelines state that trauma patients at risk of spine injury should undergo prehospital spine immobilization to reduce the risk of neurological deterioration. Although this approach has been accepted and implemented as a standard for decades, there is little scientific evidence to support it. Furthermore, the potential dangers and sequelae of spine immobilization have been extensively reported. The role of the paramedic in this process has not yet been examined. The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of prehospital evaluations for the presence of spine fractures made by paramedics.

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Name: European journal of trauma and emergency surgery : official publication of the European Trauma Society
ISSN: 1863-9941
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