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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.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/s0020-1383(98)00107-7

Type

Journal article

Journal

Injury

Publication Date

09/1998

Volume

29

Pages

493 - 497

Addresses

Trauma Service, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK.

Keywords

Cervical Vertebrae, Humans, Unconsciousness, Clinical Protocols, Intensive Care, Questionnaires, Medical Staff, Hospital, Great Britain