Clearing the cervical spine

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Clearing the cervical spine is among the highest priorities in the early assessment of trauma patients in emergency centers. Annually, more than ten million patients present to trauma centers in the USA, and in all of these patients, the possibility of cervical spine injury must be considered [34, 43, 60]. However, the actual incidence of cervical spine injury among blunt trauma patients is only 1-3% [77, 80, 81, 96]. Therefore, the need for a concise, yet thorough, approach to cervical spine clearance mandates that efficacious clearing guidelines are established and adhered to.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpine Trauma
Subtitle of host publicationSurgical Techniques
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9783642036934
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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