Authors: Jules Blackham, Jason M Kendall, Roland Watura / Editor: Jason B Lee / Reviewer: Emma Everett / Codes: PP7, T1 / Published: 03/11/2017
Cervical spine immobilisation is the most commonly performed procedure in pre-hospital care; it is not benign: it is associated with raised intracranial pressure in patients with head injury, pressure sores and impairment of respiratory function. Reliable and expedient strategies, clinical and/or radiological are required to exclude significant cervical spine injury.
After completing this session you will be able to:
- Describe the pathophysiology of cervical spine injury
- Link mechanism of injury to anatomical injury
- Perform a clinical assessment to exclude significant cervical spine injury
- Use appropriate clinical decision rules to exclude significant injury
- Recognise when radiological imaging is required to exclude significant injury
- Plan an appropriate imaging strategy for an individual patient
- Manage a patient with a potential cervical spine injury
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