Managing patients with cervical spine injury
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Managing patients with cervical spine injury

Nadine Montgomery Staff nurse in the spinal ward, Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast
Debbie Goode Lecturer, School of nursing at the University of Ulster, Derry/Londonderry

Nadine Montgomery and Debbie Goode offer a literature review of spinal immobilisation practices in emergency settings

Common measures to establish spinal immobilisation at the scene of an accident include keeping the patient’s head still, applying a rigid cervical collar and transporting the patient on a rigid spinal board to an emergency department. This article reviews the literature about spinal immobilisation practices in emergency settings, including best-practice guidance and papers on immobilisation, imaging, rapport with patients and complications.

Emergency Nurse. 22, 2, 18-22. doi: 10.7748/en2014.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 15 July 2013

Accepted: 08 April 2014

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