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Pre-hospital spinal immobilisation: an initial consensus statement
  1. D Connor1,
  2. I Greaves2,
  3. K Porter3,
  4. M Bloch4,
  5. On behalf of the consensus group, Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, UK
  2. 2Department of Emergency Medicine, James Cook Hospital, Middlesborough, Middlesborough, UK
  3. 3Department of Clinical Traumatology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  4. 4Department of Anaesthetist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor K Porter, Trauma, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2WB, UK; keith.porter{at}


This paper reviews the current evidence available on the practice of spinal immobilisation in the prehospital environment. Following this, initial conclusions from a consensus meeting held by the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in March 2012 are presented.

  • Prehospital Care
  • Spinal

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