ANSI Z308.1-2015 Standard Minimum Requirements  Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies - Buy new ANSI Kits
ANSI Z308.1-2015 Standard Minimum Requirements Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies - Buy new ANSI Kits

Spine or Neck Injuries First Aid & Treatment

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  • Always suspect that there is a spine or neck injury if a casualty is found unresponsive and unconscious, especially a casualty in a car or bike accident, or anyone who has fallen from a ladder or other elevated surface.
  • Suspect and treat for a spine or neck injury if the casualty experiences neck or back pain, numbness, weakness or paralysis to the extremities.

First Aid / Treatment

Call 9-1-1 or EMS immediately. Neck and spinal injuries are often life-threatening and require rapid medical attention.

  • If the Responder is alone and must leave the casualty to get medical help, extend one arm above her/his head and roll him/her to the same side so the casualty’s head is resting on the extended arm. Bend the casualty’s legs to stabilize him or her.
  • Do not move the casualty, unless they are in immediate danger, until Emergency Medical Personnel arrive.
  • If the casualty is conscious, keep him/her calm and comfortable. Cover the casualty with blankets or clothing to provide warmth. Treat for shock.
  • If the casualty vomits, move them onto her/his side while keeping the casualty’s head, neck, and body in a straight line. This technique is best done with two or more responders.
  • If the casualty is having difficulty breathing, carefully use the head tilt-chin lift to open the airway.
  • Be prepared to begin CPR if the casualty stops breathing.

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