For any patient with an actual or suspected spinal cord injury, care should be taken to ensure the..

For any patient with an actual or suspected spinal cord
injury, care should be taken to ensure the spine remains in anatomical
alignment in order to reduce the risk of further damage to the spinal cord.
This is achieved by positioning patients in a neutral anatomical position. The
head and neck should be secured using a rigid collar and bolsters, sometimes
called sand bags/head blocks, on either side of the head; these are then
strapped to a secure point.

During moving or positioning the whole spine must be kept in
the neutral position. A coordinated manoeuvre known as a log roll is
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For any patient with an actual or suspected spinal cord
injury, care should be taken to ensure the spine remains in anatomical
alignment in order to reduce the risk of further damage to the spinal cord.
This is achieved by positioning patients in a neutral anatomical position. The
head and neck should be secured using a rigid collar and bolsters, sometimes
called sand bags/head blocks, on either side of the head; these are then
strapped to a secure point.

During moving or positioning the whole spine must be kept in
the neutral position. A coordinated manoeuvre known as a log roll is performed
using a minimum of four people. The nominated leader manages the patient’s head
and neck; this person will move the head through an arc as it rotates with the
rest of the body, while keeping the spine in perfect alignment.

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