'Clearance' of cervical spine injury in the obtunded patient.
Lockey AS., Handley R., Willett K.
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.