'Clearance' of cervical spine injury in the obtunded patient

Injury. 1998 Sep;29(7):493-7. doi: 10.1016/s0020-1383(98)00107-7.


The need to exclude cervical spine injury ('clearance') in an obtunded patient poses a dilemma. The purpose of this study was to find out the current practices for tackling this situation around the country. A questionnaire was sent to all Intensive Care Units who accept injured patients. There is a great diversity in the management and investigation of these patients. There is clearly a need for a recognised protocol for dealing with this difficult situation. Such a protocol is suggested.

MeSH terms

  • Cervical Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging
  • Cervical Vertebrae / injuries*
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Critical Care / methods*
  • Humans
  • Medical Staff, Hospital
  • Radiography
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Unconsciousness / complications*
  • United Kingdom