Moving and Handling of the Spinal Injured Paediatric Patient

Course overview

The theory will provide an overview of spinal injuries in paediatrics, mechanisms of injury, causes, treatments and how to handle patients with dignity, confidence, and care. Practical will concentrate on spinal log rolls, collar fitting and using the Hoverjack and Matt to retrieve a patient with a suspected spinal injury from the floor. The course has been designed to meet the needs of clinical paediatric staff who handle spinal patients trust wide.

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Clinical Paediatric staff

Learners will have knowledge of:

  • Principles of Moving and Handling
  • Spinal Trauma in Children
  • Spine Anatomy: Paediatric versus Adult
  • Paediatric Cervical Spine and Cervical Injuries
  • Trauma mechanisms of Injury
  • Spine Immobilisation
  • Know how to safely log roll a spinal patient
  • How to safely apply a hard cervical colla
  • Safe use of patient handling equipment

09:00 - 09:15 - Introductions and housekeeping
09:15 - 09:30 - Pre-session learning outcomes questionnaires
09:30 - 09:45 - Introduction to Moving and Handling + Legislation
10:00 - 11:00 - Spine anatomy, spinal trauma, mechanism of injuries, Immobilisation and clinical management
11:00 - 12:00 - Cervical Collar
12:00 - 13:00 - Lunch break
13:00 - 16:00 - Practice session (log roll, hoover jack and mat, lateral transfers)
1615  - 16:30 – Feedback and Closure

Course / Webinar Lead: Lucia Tavares and Beaux Bryant

Faculty members: Colleen Wynters, Ron Sayson


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