What is the role of a backboard in the initial treatment of spinal cord injury (SCI)?

Updated: Nov 01, 2018
  • Author: Lawrence S Chin, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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Try to remove the patient from the backboard as soon as possible. Some patients may require spinal immobilization in a halo vest or a Stryker frame. Many patients with acute spinal cord injury have stable vertebral fractures yet needlessly spend hours on a hard backboard.


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