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Cervical Spine Imaging in Alert and Stable Trauma Patients: Validation of the Canadian C-Spine Rule 

Cervical Spine Imaging in Alert and Stable Trauma Patients: Validation of the Canadian C-Spine Rule
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Cervical Spine Imaging in Alert and Stable Trauma Patients: Validation of the Canadian C-Spine Rule
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Christoph I. Lee

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190223700.003.0011
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date: 21 August 2019

This chapter, found in the back pain section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key study validating the Canadian C-spine rule for imaging the cervical spine in alert and stable trauma patients. This summary outlines the study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. The study shows that the Canadian C-Spine Rule may be able to identify a large group of alert and stable adult trauma patients for whom cervical spine imaging is unnecessary. It may also help to standardize the appropriate use of cervical spine imaging in the emergency department. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the study, a clinical vignette and imaging example are included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

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