Emergency neurological life support: Traumatic spine injury

Deborah M. Stein, Vincent Roddy, John Marx, Wade S. Smith, Scott D. Weingart

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Traumatic spine injuries (TSIs) carry significantly high risks of morbidity, mortality, and exorbitant health care costs from associated medical needs following injury. For these reasons, TSI was chosen as an ENLS protocol. This article offers a comprehensive review on the management of spinal column injuries using the best available evidence. Though the review focuses primarily on cervical spinal column injuries, thoracolumbar injuries are briefly discussed as well. The initial emergency department clinical evaluation of possible spinal fractures and cord injuries, along with the definitive early management of confirmed injuries, are also covered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S102-S111
JournalNeurocritical Care
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Myelopathy
  • Paraplegia
  • Protocol
  • Quadriplegia
  • Spine decompression
  • Spine fracture
  • Spine trauma


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