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Parent Back Assessment in Trauma

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1 You are called to respond for a 89 year old who fell while in the kitchen. He is conscious on arrival and complains of head and back pain. He states that he lost consciousness after striking his head on a cabinet as he fell. Assessment reveals partially avulsed ear on the right. Spinal assessment reveals midline tenderness to the neck and tenderness to the right side of the back near his kidney. Which section of the patient's spine is most likely to be injured with these findings?

Unable to determine

2 Assessment of the back is particularly important in patients who have experienced penetrating trauma. What in particular are you looking for when assessing the back of a patient who has experienced penetrating trauma?

Exit wounds

3 Musculoskeletal back injuries of the back can have midline tenderness of the spine.


4 You respond for a patient who has been involved in a MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) at 55 mph. One patient has already been transported by another ambulance, leaving you with the last patient on scene who was deemed least critical. Your patient complains of hand and knee pain from impact with the dashboard/airbag. Another rescuer notes that the patient "looks hunched over". The patient states that this is a normal finding for a medical condition where their spine exhibits abnormal forward curvature, but they do not know what it is called. What is this condition known as?

None of the above

5 Your patient is prone upon arrival when responding to an assault with a baseball bat. Can you assess their spine and back prior to rolling them over providing that their ABC's are intact?


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Authors Josh Hantke
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Created October 18, 2021 by Josh Hantke
Modified March 1, 2023 by Felipe Schenone
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