The effect of axial traction during orotracheal intubation of the trauma victim with an unstable cervical spine.

@article{Bivins1988TheEO,
  title={The effect of axial traction during orotracheal intubation of the trauma victim with an unstable cervical spine.},
  author={H G Bivins and Stephanie Ford and Z L Bezmalinovic and Henry J. P. Croes Michael F. Price and James Leigh Williams},
  journal={Annals of emergency medicine},
  year={1988},
  volume={17 1},
  pages={25-9}
}
Axial (in-line) traction is recommended as a stabilizing maneuver during orotracheal intubation of a trauma victim with a potential cervical spine injury. There are no published data demonstrating the safety of this technique in trauma patients with an unstable cervical spine. In our study, 17 victims of blunt traumatic arrest had radiographic analysis of the cervical spine during orotracheal intubation, with and without axial traction. Four (24%) had unstable injuries, which included a C6-7… CONTINUE READING