Spinal injury management in surf: Is there a better way?

TitleSpinal injury management in surf: Is there a better way?
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsDeMers, G
Conference NameInternational Medical-Rescue Conference
Date Published09/1997
PublisherInternational Life Saving Federation
Conference LocationSan Diego, California, USA
Call Number08
Other Numbers046
Keywordsspinal cord injury

Spinal injury management in surf presents a variety of problems for the rescuer. Methods for in-line stabilization must be adaptable to environmental factors, size of the victim, and location of the victim. Current methods for handling spinal injuries in surf are adaptable in some instances but are they safe? Unfortunately, very little research has been completed to validate the techniques being taught to surf lifeguards. The objective in completing an effective spinal injury rescue is to maintain in-line stabilization in order to prevent further injury to the spinal column. A critical aspect of any in-line stabilization technique is to prevent the head and neck from moving. Do the current methods being used in surf significantly restrict head and neck movement? As professionals we need to address the question, "Is there a better way for handling spinal injuries in surf?"