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Spinal injuries are a very serious and even life-threatening problem facingalmost everyone at some point in there lives If a broken vertebra pinches aspinal nerve paralysis may result The spine is a column of vertebrae stacked oneon the next from the skulls base to the tail bone Each vertebra is hollowthrough the center where the spinal cord runs through There are some signs and symptoms that you should check for if you suspectspinal injury on an injured person Head injuries may indicate that the head mayhave been snapped in one of more directions If the victim is conscious askthem if they feel a pain when they move their arms or legs Also the victim mayfeel numbness tingling weakness or burning in their arms of legs They mayalso lose control of their bowls or bladder However deformity or an oddlooking angle of the head serves as the best clue to a serious spinal injuryIf the victim is unconscious you should check for cuts bruises anddeformities that may serve as a good clue to spinal injuries You should also testtheir responses by pinching their hands and feet If no reaction occurs spinalThe first and most important thing you should do is keep the victim immobileat all times The only exeption to that would be if the victim is in a dangerousplace such a burning building or car The second first aid procedure you shouldadminister would be monitoring the breathing by using a jaw thrust Be sure tokeep the head and neck still Victims usually required a neck splint but oneshould not be put on by you It takes at least two trained EMS people to put aneck brace on Since you can not put on a brace you should stabilize their neckby putting objects on both sides of the neck Float the victim gently to shore andplace them on a backboard in the water if they are in waterThe only real precaution that you should take to
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