Are cervical collars effective and safe in prehospital spinal cord injury management?

Ward, Richard ORCID logo ORCID: and Hodgett, Rachel (2020) Are cervical collars effective and safe in prehospital spinal cord injury management? Journal of Paramedic Practice, 12 (2).

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Introduction: The discussion of cervical collars is an area of recent debate in the paramedic profession. Used as a precautionary measure and initially thought of as harmless there is an increasing amount of evidence suggesting otherwise.

Aim: This literature review will aim to comprehensively examine research surrounding the adverse effects of cervical collars and the range of movement they enable.

Methodology: Ebscohost Health Science Research database was searched between June 2017 and July 2017. Search parameters included peer reviewed, full text, English language, publication dates 1997-2017. Seven articles were found and chosen for inclusion in the literature review.

Findings: Two themes were identified in the literature; ‘Adverse Effects’ caused by cervical collars, and ‘Range of movement’.

Conclusion: UK Ambulance Guidelines need to be re-evaluated based upon current literature suggesting cervical collars do not provide any significantly increased additional immobilisation, as well as additional chances for potential adverse effects.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Journal of Paramedic Practice
Publisher: MA Healthcare
ISSN: 2041-9457
Departments: Institute of Health > Centre for Excellence in Paramedic Practice
Depositing User: Richard Ward
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2023 09:49
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 10:33


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