Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2008 , Vol 54 , Num 2

Rescuce, Transportation and Resuscitation in Pediatric Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Ercan Türeci 1
1 İstanbul Üniversitesi Cerrahpaşa Tıp Fakültesi, Anesteziyoloji ve Reanimasyon Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul

Medulla spinalis injury is present in 75% of polytraumatized pediatric cases. Cervical trauma accompanies 5-20% of the head injury pediatric cases. Approximately 3-26% of spinal injuries develop during transportation or as a result of inappropriate first aid interventions as posttraumatic spinal injuries. In children, due to the  low body mass and the smaller amount of elastic tissue compared to adults,  higher mortality and morbidity rates are seen in these types of injuries in comparison to adults. As a result, in pedriatric medulla spinalis trauma cases, appropriate rescue protocol, immobilization and transportation are extremely important. 

Keywords : Pediatric spinal trauma, immobilisation, transportation, resuscitatio