Handling Spinal Injuries

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How do I treat a spinal injury?

Handling Spinal Injuries

On occasion, a hiker may slip and injure his/her head or neck. If you suspect a spinal injury has occurred, follow these steps: Do not move the victim, and do not allow the victim to move him-/herself. Send for medical assistance immediately. Immobilize the neck and back using any nearby tools like branches or walking poles. Keep the head mobilized. Keep the victim warm, and check for signs of shock until assistance arrives.

   

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