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Languages: English

First Aid - Head, Neck, Back, and Spine Injuries

Training Time: 12 minutes

Injuries to the head, neck, back, or spine can be especially dangerous because they can involve damage to the brain or spine, leading to death or permanent paralysis. This course describes the potential severity of these injuries, lists some tips for recognizing potentially serious injuries to the head, neck, back, or spine, and provides first aid tips for these situations.

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Injuries to the head, neck, back, or spine can lead to death or permanent paralysis and must be treated very seriously (and with great caution).

Injuries to the head, neck, back, or spine can lead to death or permanent paralysis and must be treated very seriously (and with great caution).

Call for emergency medical assistance if you suspect a person has suffered a head, neck, back, or spine injury.

Call for emergency medical assistance if you suspect a person has suffered a head, neck, back, or spine injury.

If you suspect someone has injured their brain or spine, don’t attempt to move them, and place towels alongside them to help prevent movement until emergency care arrives.

If you suspect someone has injured their brain or spine, don’t attempt to move them, and place towels alongside them to help prevent movement until emergency care arrives.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain why injuries to the head, neck, back, or spine must be treated with extra caution
  • List some signs and symptoms of an injury to the head, neck, back, or spine
  • Explain the importance and timing of summoning emergency medical care
  • List first aid steps for these injuries, including what NOT to do
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First Aid - Head, Neck, Back, and Spine Injuries FAQs

Why are injuries to the head, neck, back, or spine especially dangerous?
Because these injuries may cause damage to the brain or spinal cord, which can lead to death or permanent paralysis.

When should you move someone whom you suspect has suffered a serious injury to the head, neck, back, or spine?
You should make every effort to not move a person with an injury like this, and in fact should do what’s possible to prevent the person from moving. You should only move the person if not doing so might cause the person to die (for example, in a fire).

When should you summon emergency medical assistance if someone has suffered a severe injury to the head, neck, back, or spine?
You should do this in all cases and as quickly as possible.

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