If you suspect a again or neck (spinal) damage, do not transfer the affected man or woman. Long term paralysis and other significant complications can outcome. Presume a man or woman has a spinal damage if:

  • There is evidence of a head damage with an ongoing adjust in the person’s stage of consciousness
  • The man or woman complains of serious soreness in his or her neck or again
  • An damage has exerted considerable pressure on the again or head
  • The man or woman complains of weak point, numbness, or paralysis or lacks control of his or her limbs, bladder or bowels
  • The neck or body is twisted or positioned oddly

If you suspect anyone has a spinal damage:

  • Get enable. Simply call 911 or crisis professional medical enable.
  • Keep the man or woman continue to. Place major towels or rolled sheets on each sides of the neck or hold the head and neck to protect against motion.
  • Prevent moving the head or neck. Give as a lot to start with assist as attainable devoid of moving the person’s head or neck. If the man or woman demonstrates no indicators of circulation (respiration, coughing or motion), start CPR, but do not tilt the head again to open up the airway. Use your fingers to gently grasp the jaw and carry it ahead. If the man or woman has no pulse, start upper body compressions.
  • Keep helmet on. If the man or woman is carrying a helmet, do not clear away it. A football helmet facemask must be eliminated if you want to entry the airway.
  • You should not roll by itself. If you need to roll the man or woman simply because he or she is vomiting, choking on blood or simply because you have to make positive the man or woman is continue to respiration, you want at minimum one other man or woman. With one of you at the head and a further together the side of the hurt man or woman, function alongside one another to retain the person’s head, neck and again aligned when rolling the man or woman on to one side.