Log Roll

  • Justin Bennett
  • Lars K. Beattie


Transport of patients on a rigid backboard in the supine position theoretically minimizes spinal movement and facilitates emergency medical services (EMS) transport of patients who sustained trauma where spinal cord injuries are possible. The log roll is the preferred method for removal of a patient from a rigid backboard.


Log roll Spinal injury Spinal immobilization Emergency medical services Cervical collar Trauma Vertebral fracture Prehospital spinal immobilization Traumatic injuries Two-point stabilization 

Selected Reading

  1. American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Advanced trauma life support for doctors. 8th ed. Chicago: American College of Surgeons; 2008. ISBN 1880696312.Google Scholar
  2. Roberts JR, Hedges JR. Clinical procedures in emergency medicine. 5th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier; 2009.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineWake Forest University School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA
  2. 2.Department of Emergency MedicineUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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