Why do we put cervical collars on conscious trauma patients?

Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2009 Sep 18:17:44. doi: 10.1186/1757-7241-17-44.

Abstract

In this commentary we argue that fully alert, stable and co-operative trauma patients do not require the application of a semi-rigid cervical collar, even if they are suspected of underlying cervical spine fracture, unless their conscious level deteriorates or they find the short-term support of a cervical collar helpful. Despite the historical and cultural barriers that exist, the potential benefits are such that this hypothesis merits rigorous testing in well-designed research trials.

MeSH terms

  • Consciousness*
  • Emergency Medical Services / methods*
  • Humans
  • Neck*
  • Orthotic Devices*
  • Restraint, Physical / instrumentation*
  • Wounds and Injuries*