Cervical and thoracolumbar spine injury evaluation, transport, and surgery in the deployed setting

Chris J. Neal, Randall R. McCafferty, Brett Freedman, Melvin D. Helgeson, Dennis Rivet, David E. Gwinn, Michael K. Rosner

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

This Cervical and Thoracolumbar Spine Injury Evaluation, Transport, and Surgery Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) is designed to provide guidance to the deployed provider when they are treating a combat casualty who has sustained a spine or spinal cord injury. The CPG objective for the treatment and the movement of these patients is to maintain spinal stability through transport, perform decompression when urgently needed, achieve definitive stabilization when appropriate, avoid secondary injury, and prevent deterioration of the patient's neurological condition. Thorough and accurate documentation of the patient's neurological examination is crucial to ensure appropriate management decisions are made as the patient transits through the evacuation system. The use of this CPG should be in conjunction with good clinical judgment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-91
Number of pages9
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume183
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Cervical and thoracolumbar spine injury evaluation, transport, and surgery in the deployed setting'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Neal, C. J., McCafferty, R. R., Freedman, B., Helgeson, M. D., Rivet, D., Gwinn, D. E., & Rosner, M. K. (2018). Cervical and thoracolumbar spine injury evaluation, transport, and surgery in the deployed setting. Military medicine, 183, 83-91. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usy096