In general, spinal precautions involve immobilizing a patient by using a rigid or semi-rigid cervical collar, sand bags, or other means to stabilize the patientís spine. The patient may also be secured via tape or belts to a full-length spine board. Only when the patient is cleared by x-ray examination and/or the attending physicianís permission should he/she then be moved, repositioned, taken off the spine board, or have the collar removed.
If the spinal precautions are in effect for an extended period of time, and if the patient needs to be moved or repositioned in the interim, most lift manufacturers offer a variety of options and accessories including special slingbars and stretchers designed to lift the patient horizontally. These accessories should permit you to move, transfer, log-roll, or reposition the patient with minimal risk of exacerbating the situation. You may wish to consult with your lift supplier to identify ways to meet your specific objectives.
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