Cervical Spine Immobilization before Admission to the Hospital.

Academic Article


  • STANDARDS: There is insufficient evidence to support treatment standards. GUIDELINES: There is insufficient evidence to support treatment guidelines. OPTIONS: All trauma patients with a cervical spinal column injury or with a mechanism of injury having the potential to cause cervical spine injury should be immobilized at the scene and during transport by using one of several available methods.A combination of a rigid cervical collar and supportive blocks on a backboard with straps is effective in limiting motion of the cervical spine and is recommended. The long-standing practice of attempted cervical spine immobilization using sandbags and tape alone is not recommended.
  • Published In

  • Neurosurgery  Journal
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    Author List

  • Hadley MN; Walters BC; Grabb PA; Oyesiku NM; Przybylski GJ; Resnick DK; Ryken TC
  • Start Page

  • S7
  • End Page

  • S17
  • Volume

  • 50
  • Issue

  • suppl_3