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Use of the spinal board within the accident and emergency department.
  1. M W Cooke
  1. Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, University of Birmingham, UK. M.W.COOKE@bham.ac.uk

    Abstract

    A postal questionnaire was sent to all consultants and specialist trainees in the West Midlands about the use of spinal boards in the accident and emergency (A&E) department. Response rate was 70%. There was widespread use of boards in A&E despite an ATLS recommendation to the contrary. Hospitals should review their policies on use of spinal boards within the department, using the evidence available to determine the best means of immobilisation.

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