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Spinal Immobilization

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.

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