A. If (A-E) above are ALL NEGATIVE
, cervical stabilization is not required.
If required, cervical stabilization is the placement of an approved, properly- sized cervical collar
before the patient is moved.
C. Backboards are only indicated for extrication and patient movement.
Patients are not to be transported on backboards (unless movement off the backboard would delay immediate
transport of patients with life-threatening injuries or acute spinal injuries).
D. Tape, head
straps, wedges, and head and/or neck support devices are not recommended.
E. Patients found in motor
vehicles should be asked if they are able to exit the motor vehicle on their own. If so, they should be assisted
to a soft stretcher and secured for transport. Patients unable to exit the vehicle on their own accord should be
removed by the appropriate extrication method.
F. Once on the stretcher, the patient may be moved to a
semi-Fowler’s or high-Fowler’s position for comfort.
G. If a backboard is used for extrication or
movement, the patient should be immediately moved to a soft mattress, if possible.
H. In special
situations, alternate stabilization devices lpar;e.g. vacuum mattress, KED, etc. may be used as indicated).
I. Pediatric patients may be stabilized in an approved car seat or with a commercial pediatric