|Spinal Cord Injuries
As an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), when someone has a spinal injury,
additional movement may cause further damage to the spine. EMTís must always
immobilize the patientís head and torso in the position found. The purpose of an EMT is
to prevent further harm to the patient until more professional medical help can be
obtained. If in doubt about whether a person has received a spinal injury, always assume
he or she has. A spinal cord injury (SCI) is very serious because it can mean the loss of
sensation and function in the parts of the body below the site of the injury.
SCIís are caused in many different ways. Some of the most common ways a
person may obtain a SCI are- motor vehicle accidents, bullet or stab wound, diving
accidents, electric shock, awkward positioning of the body, falls, sports injuries (such as
football or diving), industrial accidents, assault and gunshot wounds. Polio, Spina Bifida
and Friedreichís Ataxia are some of t...