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manual spinal immobilization

man·u·al spi·nal im·mo·bi·liza·tion

/ˈmanyə(wə)l ˈspīnl i(m)ˈmōbəˌlīzāSH(ə)n/

Noun

The procedure of placing hands on either side of a patint's head to limiting movement of bony fragments in unstable fractures from causing further cord damage. This is done to maintain an open spinal canal that allows flow of blood and CSF fluid to the spinal cord and to reduce the risk of additional spinal injuries.