Spinal Injury Management

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Sports Medicine Australia and Surf Life Saving Australia have developed in partnership, a Spinal Injury Management Course, to be presented to people involved in land based sports.

This course will teach the acute management of spinal injuries. Experts in the field will cover the following topics in a theoretical and practical setting.

  • Background to spinal cord injury
  • Treatment of spinal cord injury
  • Transporting the spinal patient
  • The use of spinal transport equipment

Course Outcomes

The Spinal Injury Management course focuses on the principles of good spinal care in an emergency situation. By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Describe a basic understanding of spinal cord anatomy and injuries.
  • Describe the possible causes of spinal injuries.
  • Detail the signs and symptoms of a patient with suspected spinal injuries.
  • Demonstrate how to move a casualty with suspected spinal injuries.
  • Detail the principles of immobilisation for spinal injuries.
  • Detail and demonstrate the management of head and spinal injuries.
  • Detail and demonstrate the precautions necessary for the transportation of casualties with suspected spinal injuries.

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