Key Learning Points

  • The ABCs still apply as a priority in patients with suspected spinal injury
  • The spinal injury patient presents specific problems during assessment and intervention
  • Manual in-line stabilisation must be maintained from the moment of first contact with the patient until immobilisation has been achieved with board, head blocks and straps or it is judged that immobilisation is not necessary
  • If in doubt, immobilise
  • Correct preparation for transfer to definitive care with appropriate documentation and communication with the receiving hospital
  • The techniques for moving and immobilising players with suspected spinal injuries must be practiced regularly by the medical team and medical support team