…..management must always take precedent of injury. Where an airway may be compromised, and it is necessary to move the person (onto their side), the focus is on maintaining an adequate airway then minimising any further damage. Life will always take precedence over an injury.
Spinal injuries are commonly found in the neck or cervical region of the spine. Where head and neck injury has occurred, always consider the possibility of spinal damage. Both the thoracic region found behind the chest and lower back the lumbar region are also susceptible to spinal injury.
Tomorrow we focus our attention on what to look for if there is a suspicion a person has sustained spinal damage…..
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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