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Clinical Clearance of the Cervical Spine after Blunt Trauma2017

Type: New Practice Management Guideline (PMG)
Category: Trauma
Committee Liaison: Jennifer J. Freeman, MD


Team leader(s)

This guideline is being developed to assist physicians in the management of blunt trauma patients with possible cervical spine injuries. This guideline will propose a system to delineate those which are in need of cervical spine imaging versus clinical clearance alone based on age, mechanism and clinical exam findings.

PICO Question:
1) Should awake (GCS 15) adult (>/=18) patients who have sustained blunt trauma (P) undergo evaluation of the cervical spine using the Canadian C-spine rule (I) or NEXUS criteria (C)?

Work Group Members
Sofya Asfaw, MD - Work Group Leader
Nikolay Bugaev, MD
John Como, MD
Chris Dodgion, MD
Douglas Fraser, MD
Anna Goldenberg-Sandau, DO
Dennis Kim, MD
Amy McDonald, MD
Kaushik Mukherjee, MD
Bryce Robinson, MD
Brian Yorkgitis, DO
Alexandra Ferre, MD


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