The emergency medical care system is the patient’s point of entry into the medical care system. The goal during this period is for the SCI patient is to immobilize the spine to prevent further damage to the spinal cord prior to reaching the emergency room. Maintenance of an adequate airway, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and fluid management are required to ensure survival and limit secondary damage.
The acute management of traumatic spinal cord injury is unique and requires specialized medical training. Continue Reading »