Why do we put cervical collars on conscious trauma patients?
Benger, J. and Blackham, J. (2009) Why do we put cervical collars on conscious trauma patients? Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, 17 (44). pp. 1757-7241. ISSN 1757-7241 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/5527
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1757-7241-17-44
In this commentary we argue that fully alert, stable and co-operative trauma patients do not require the application of a semi-rigid cervical collar, even if they are suspected of underlying cervical spine fracture, unless their conscious level deteriorates or they find the short-term support of a cervical collar helpful. Despite the historical and cultural barriers that exist, the potential benefits are such that this hypothesis merits rigorous testing in well-designed research trials.