Adult Cervical Spine Trauma

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As this module builds on the information from the Clinical Decision Rules (CDRs) module, it is important that you have completed it prior to commencing this module.

Duration: 120 minutes

Learning Outcomes

This module will answer the following questions:

  • What is this condition?
  • How can clinical decision rules help to evaluate patients who present with cervical spine symptoms following blunt trauma?
  • What else do you need to think about when you consider imaging a patient with this condition apart from pre-test risk?
  • How do you evaluate a patient in order to determine whether their need for imaging can be assessed using NEXUS or the Canadian C-Spine (cervical-spine) Rule (CCR) or neither one?
  • What imaging test should you do if they need imaging?
  • Is CT sufficient to exclude clinically important cervical spine instability due to ligamentous injury or should you refer the patient for MRI?

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