CS/TQUIP SPINE CARE GUIDELINES

Joseph Sherrill, MD, FACS has over 20 years of experience in trauma and complex spinal injuries. The most rewarding part of his job is witnessing a patient who recovers function after a life-threatening spine or brain injury.

Growing up in the Midwest, Dr. Sherrill brings compassion, passion, and perfection to not only his surgical work but his personal life. He was active with the US Naval Reserves and would have been a navy fighter pilot if he wasn’t a neurosurgeon.

Outside of work, he enjoys running, swimming, cycling, and endurance athletics.

This session will review the general concepts regarding spine care of the injured. The session will outline the guidelines as outlined by the American College of Surgeons/TQUIP recommendations and some of their rationale.

Learning Objectives:

  1. First Priority in the care of the suspected spine injury patient.
  2. In the case of the identified spine injured patient, which is the most important vital sign to be cognizant of?
  3. In the elderly patient, what radiographic/physiologic condition must be taken into account before mobilization attempts are made.