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EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries

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EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries

EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries Training begins with an introduction to the care of the subject. We subsequently explore  in-depth the following lessons:

Lesson 1: Anatomy & Physiology of the Head, Neck, & Spine

Lesson 2: Head, Neck & Brain Injuries

Lesson 3: Injuries to the Spine

Lesson 4: Patient Assessment & Care

Lesson 5: Patient Preparation and Transport

Caring for the patient with Head, Neck & Spine Injuries

We cover the following core concepts

  • Diabetes and various diabetic emergencies.
  • Understanding the anatomy of the nervous system, head, and spine.
  • Identifying skull and brain injuries and their emergency care.
  • Knowledge of trauma to the neck and related EMS care.
  • Recognizing and assessing spinal injuries and their pre-hospital care. And,
  • Awareness of spinal motion restriction issues and methods to immobilize various kinds of patients with potential spine injuries.

Important Notes:

  • If you only want to take the online course for CME credit, you can pay here.  The fee for online-only does NOT include a skills session nor (re)certification.  You will receive a certificate for CME credit after successful completion of the course.
  • This course is part of the EMT Recertification Day 5 curriculum and the New Initial EMT Course.  Hence, if you sign up for one of those courses, you will be automatically enrolled in this course. Click here for scheduled courses.
  • To get credit for this course, you must watch all the lessons in their entirety, the course review, and pass the quiz at the end with a score of 75% or better.

An Excerpt from the course on Diabetic Emergencies and Altered Mental Status

So, with most head, neck and spine injuries, it’s best to perform a secondary assessment while en route to the hospital.  Remember to check perfusion, motor function, and sensation in all extremities, prior to moving the patient.

Step 1 is to obtain a complete set of baseline vital signs. Some things to keep in mind are:

  • Significant head injuries may cause the pulse to slow and the blood pressure to rise.
  • With neurogenic shock, the blood pressure may drop and the heart rate may increase to compensate.
  • Respirations will become erratic with complications from both head and spine injuries.
  • Hypotension may be present with cervical or high thoracic spine injuries. The heart rate may become slow, or fail to increase in response to hypotension.

In addition to hands-on assessment, you should use monitoring devices to quantify your patient’s oxygenation and circulatory status.

  • Again, oxygenation is recommended.
  • Look for a pulse oximeter value above 95.
  • If you have end tidal carbon dioxide monitoring equipment, look to maintain E T C O2 between 35 and 40 mm mercury.

Also, during your exam, as time permits:

  • Examine the entire body using DCAP-BTLS.

Be sure to scrutinize the head, chest, abdomen, extremities, and back.

Topics for this course

16 Lessons

EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries

EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Lesson 0 – Introduction00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Lesson 1A – Anatomy & Physiology of the Head, Neck & Spine | Part A00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries Lesson | 1B – Anatomy & Physiology of the Head, Neck & Spine | Part B00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Lesson 2A – Head, Neck & Brain Injuries | Part A00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Lesson 2B – Head, Neck & Brain Injuries | Part B00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Lesson 3 – Spine Injuries00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Lesson 4A – Patient Assessment & Care | Part A00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Lesson 4B – Patient Assessment & Care | Part B00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Lesson 5A – Transport of Patients | Part A00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Lesson 5B – Transport of Patients | Part B00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Lesson 5C – Part C | Helmet Removal00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Lesson 6A | Chapter Review – Anatomy & Physiology of the Head, Neck & Spine00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Lesson 6B | Chapter Review – Head, Neck & Brain Injuries00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Lesson 6C | Chapter Review – Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Lesson 6D | Chapter Review – Patient Assessment and Care00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | Lesson 6E | Chapter Review – Transport of Patients with Head, Neck and Spine Injuries00:00:00
EMS Care Chapter 32 | Head, Neck & Spine Injuries | QUIZ
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