Complication of hard cervical collars in multi-trauma patients

Aust N Z J Surg. 1994 Feb;64(2):139-40. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1994.tb02164.x.


All multi-trauma patients with suspected cervical spine injury should have their cervical spine protected while other life-threatening injuries are being managed. The application of a hard cervical collar is an acceptable method of temporarily immobilizing the cervical spine. Two cases of significant occipital pressure ulceration associated with the use of hard cervical collar are presented.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Braces / adverse effects*
  • Cervical Vertebrae / injuries*
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neck
  • Skin Ulcer / etiology*
  • Spinal Fractures / rehabilitation*