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Spinal injury By the end of this session you will be able to: • explain when to suspect a spinal injury • recognise when someone has a spinal injury • respond appropriately to a casualty with a spinal injury.
Spinal injury What you will see: • pain at the site of the injury • a twist in the normal shape of the spine • weakness or loss of movement • Loss of sensation or abnormal sensation • NOTE: a spinal injury should be suspected when someone has received a severe blow to the back, neck or head.
Spinal injury What you should do (conscious casualty): • tell the casualty not to move • dial 999 or 112 for an ambulance • kneel or sit behind the casualty’s head and hold the sides of their head firmly to stop it from moving • support the head and neck until the ambulance arrives.
Spinal injury What you should do (unconscious casualty): • if the airway cannot be maintained, or if you are alone, put the casualty in the recovery position • dial 999 or 112 for an ambulance.