To some, the rightful place for a rigid cervical collar is in a trash bin, but is it really that easy? Parts of Australia seem to think so and have made a hard push in that direction. To prepare us for the debate, this podcast is devoted to an introduction of the issue. A primer if you will. Minh Le Cong helps explain more in the podcast.
This podcast will be relatively light on the show notes and citations. Mainly, this podcast is again meant more as an introduction. Those in emergency medicine and most of the general public will recognize the cervical collar. What they may not be familiar with is the extensive debate. In relatively recent history parts of Australia developed their own policies that changed how they managed suspected or confirmed cervical injuries and with great success. In fact, the impact has been profound and is beginning to have an international effect.
The letter above, a copy of which was taken from here, suggested that soft collars have been gaining traction for nearly a decade. It is gaining traction in the United States thanks to articles reviewing the information such as the JEMS article January 2015 discussing limiting the use of rigid c-collars.
As the rest of this section is completed with the rest of the posts for this podcast series on c-collars, there will be updates to this post along with the upcoming features. Please remember to come back and check on it to get even more information. Thank you for your patience and continue to learn!
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