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Obtunded patients following blunt trauma need clearance of the cervical spine (c-spine) that cannot depend on a clinical exam. Our center’s current pediatric c-spine evaluation pathway includes both Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The objective of this study was to review our use of both CT and MRI for obtunded pediatric trauma patients to assess the quality of our pathway and utility of MRI.
blunt trauma, pediatrics
Pediatrics | Surgery
Kalthoff R, Boudiab E, Studzinski D, Novotny N, Brahmamdam P, Akay B. Clearance of the cervical spine in obtunded pediatric blunt trauma patients: Quality assessment of an existing clearance pathway. Poster presented at: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Embark Capstone Colloquium; 2022 May 2; Rochester Hills, MI.