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Immobilizing a Patient with a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

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Immobilizing a Patient with a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

Fill in void spaces between the helmet and shoulders using towels.

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Immobilizing a Patient with a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

Apply pads to the right and left side of the helmet to help secure it to the backboard. Note the chin strap has been left in place. This is vital to assure the head is secured properly.

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Immobilizing a Patient with a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

Begin taping the helmet to the backboard, again noting that the chin strap is left secured and in place on the helmet and patient.

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Immobilizing a Patient with a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

The patient is now secured to the backboard and ready for transfer. Manual C-spine should be held in place until the helmet is taped and secured. In addition, the patient’s torso should be strapped onto the board before proceeding to immobilize the head to the backboard, just as you would do in any other spinal immobilization procedure.