To the Editor:—
The committee on accident prevention of the American Academy of Pediatrics, in cooperation with the surgical section of the same organization, has prepared statements to cover the emergency management of childhood skeletal trauma and burns. Both of these statements are endorsed by the committee on trauma of the American College of Surgeons and have been approved by the Federal Civil Defense Administration.
Emergency Care of Childhood Skeletal Trauma
Evaluate and splint where they lie before moving. Do not attempt reduction.
Move cervical injuries face up on a rigid support with manual traction applied gently by cupping chin at the time of moving. Sandbags on either side of neck to prevent turning, if possible.
Spine injuries should not be flexed in transportation.
Lower leg injuries transport in pillow strapped with belt.
Upper leg injuries transport with both legs and trunk bound to board