Clinical clearance of the cervical spine in patients with distracting injuries: It is time to dispel the myth.

@article{Rose2012ClinicalCO,
  title={Clinical clearance of the cervical spine in patients with distracting injuries: It is time to dispel the myth.},
  author={Melanie K Rose and Lindy M Rosal and Richard P. Gonzalez and Jack W. Rostas and Jeremy A Baker and Jon David Simmons and Mohammed A Frotan and Sydney B Brevard},
  journal={The journal of trauma and acute care surgery},
  year={2012},
  volume={73 2},
  pages={498-502}
}
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to prospectively assess the sensitivity and efficacy of clinical examination for screening of cervical spine (c-spine) injury in awake and alert blunt trauma patients with concomitant "distracting injuries." METHODS During the 24-month period from December 2009 to December 2011, all blunt trauma patients older than 13 years were prospectively evaluated with a standard cervical spine examination protocol by the trauma surgery team at a Level 1 trauma… CONTINUE READING
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