Johns Hopkins Hospital
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Medical Director of BWI Airport Fire and Rescue
Medical Director Critical Care Transport Team
To explore the science behind the use of backboards for spinal immobilization
Development of an evidence based practice standard for the use of backboards in the EMS environment
Discuss the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) of spinal cord protection protocol vs. spinal motion restriction vs. spinal immobilization
Dr. Millin does an excellent job presenting the historical facts and modern research associated with the prehospital practice of utilization of backboards for spinal immobilization. This session exposes significant issues with this practice and addresses evidence-based practice considerations germain to all of EMS Medicine.