In this section
A Thoracic Elevation
Device (TED) should be used for any patient
<8 years of age requiring spinal precautions and cervical spine (C-spine) evaluation following trauma and/or any assessment, diagnostic imaging or treatment situation requiring neutral C-spine alignment.
The TED is a mat used to provide an appropriate offset between the supine paediatric patient’s head and torso ensuring the neck is not placed in a flexed position and an open airway is maintained.
Other patients with conditions causing an abnormally large head should also use a TED mat including patients with achondroplasia or hydrocephalus.
TED comprises four sections which can be folded in two (half thickness) or four (full thickness):
The TED is not used in the fully laid out position at RCH.
the TED mat: