Cervical Spine Assessment was an existing Victorian CPG that has been revised then reviewed by CPG Committee members. It will be considered for PIC endorsement on 27 August.
- Cervical spine injuries (CSI) are uncommon in children
- Allowing excessive movement of an unstable CSI may lead to severe morbidity
- Most cervical spines can be cleared clinically. A senior clinician must assist in the assessment of children with persistent symptoms or who are unable to communicate
- Foam collars are recommended (if the child will tolerate one) until CSI can be excluded. Hard collars have no proven patient benefit and are potentially harmful