At least I hope it is. Johnson County, KS has announced the end of routine C Spine immobilization using the long back board.
You can read the entire directive at this link. You should read the entire protocol as it’s not that long and contains some references for further research.
The indications for immobilization don’t really change, but the technique does.
Sorry, that’s an image of the protocol, my Adobe-Fu is weak today.
Hopefully this will encourage other EMS agencies to re evaluate their immobilization techniques, which is something most of them haven’t done since the mid 1980s.
Please comment, but I warn you. I don’t want to hear any “My instructor told me that his former partners partner’s original EMT instructor told them during class about this story he heard from his instructor about a guy that wasn’t boarded and became a quad.” stories because as Rogue Medic would tell us that’s not science, it’s anecdote. Actually it’s not even anecdote. Nor is it even a war story. It’s more like a Fairy Tale.
And we all know the difference between a War Story and a Fairy Tale, right?