CNS Injury

Dr. Rick Sidwell is a native of Davenport, IA, and a graduate of medical school from the University of Iowa. He is a trauma surgeon at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, a Level I trauma center in Des Moines. He has the unique perspective of having worked at Level I, Level II, Level III, and Level IV trauma centers. He has been active in the Iowa Trauma System since 2002. He is a longtime member of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, formerly serving as the chair Rural Trauma Committee and as the COT Chief for Region VII (Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri). He led the development of the 4th edition of the Rural Trauma Team Development Course. Locally he serves as the Medical Director for his town’s (Bondurant, IA) EMS. He has been active in trauma education since 1994.

This session will focus on the prehospital assessment and management of CNS (head, spinal column) injury.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe recognition of CNS Injury
  2. Describe prevention of secondary injury.
  3. Describe pitfalls with prehospital management of CNS injury.