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I like this article on cervical spine immobilisation, stating:

- Cervical spine injuries are mostly mechanically ‘stable’, meaning that significant force is needed to cause further damage to the spine
- Completely unstable injuries generally cause irrevocable injuries already during the ‘accident’ sequence
- The use of a cervical collar has not been proven to prevent further injury, while movement in de normal range of the cervical spine is not dangerous and cannot increase the injury
- Cervical collars are probably not a rational method of early spine care
- Transport on a low-friction device (spine board) should not be done, lateral immobilsation of the head and body do make rational sense and transport on high-friction vaccuum devices are adviced
- Preventing hypoxic injury to the tissues (stabilising blood pressure, normo-oxygenation, ...) is more important than immobilisation to prevent further damage
- During airway-management, in-line traction should not be applied

Will the cervical collar not be routinely applied in the future??

A re-conceptualisation of acute spinal care; Emerg Med J 2013;30:720–723
http://emj.bmj.com/content/30/9/720.abstract
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You have made all Anaesthetists dealing with cervical trauma very happy!!!!!!
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