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Pre-hospital clearance of the cervical spine: Does it need to be a pain in the neck?

from National Center for Biotechnology Information

Pre-hospital cervical spine (c‐spine) immobilization is common, despite c‐spine injury being relatively rare. Unnecessary immobilization results in a significant burden on limited pre-hospital and emergency department (ED) resources. This study aimed to determine whether the incidence of unnecessary c‐spine immobilization by ambulance personnel could be safely reduced through the implementation of an evidence‐based algorithm. more

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