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What are the five signs and symptoms that would mean immobilisation of the cervical spine?

a) Tenderness at posterior midline of cervical spine OR
b) focal neurological deficit OR
c) Decreased level of alertness OR
d) Evidence of intoxication OR
e) Clinically apparent pain that might distract the patient from the pain in the cervical spine


What must you check to clear a cervical spine from injury?

1) History:
neck pain?
other pain?)
2) Examine:
midline tenderness?
normal sensation in hands & feet?
move hands and feet normally?
3) Focal Neurological:
altered sensation/strength in limbs?
4) Alertness:
GCS < 15?
Disorientation person, time or place?
short term memory loss?
delayed response to external stimuli


What is the most important aspect of fitting a cervical collar?

Correct size


What are three things that must be done for a patients safety and positioning if transporting on a spinal board/combi carrier?

1) Well fitted cervical collar AND
2) Head and body firmly restrained AND
3) Rolled towels or blocks placed alongside head.


What takes priority airway or immobilisation of the spine?


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