Presented by Associate Professor David Wampler
Field spinal immobilization has long been standard practice for movement of the patient with potential spinal compromise from the point of injury to the trauma centre. The long spineboard with a rigid cervical collar have been the central component of spinal motion restriction. This practice has persisted despite evidence to the benefit of the long spineboard. Recent literature, and a joint position statement published by the American College of Surgeons Committee on trauma and the National Association of EMS Physicians, has called into question this practice. Research based out of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council has demonstrated superior methods of transport to promote spinal stabilization.
David Wampler, PhD, LP, FAEMS, has been a paramedic for more than 27 years working in both the urban and rural environments. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Emergency Health Sciences at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Department of Emergency Health Sciences. His primary role is Director of Clinical Research for the Office of the EMS Medical Director and is a Clinical Training Officer for the San Antonio Fire Department. Dr. Wampler conducts research for the OMD, and for the US Department of Defense funded RemTORN initiative through the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council.
This presentation was part of ANZCP2018 Sydney on 23rd & 24th August 2018.