With respect to management of the cervical spine in an intubated ICU patient who has suffered a multi- trauma:
a) What are the advantages and disadvantages of radiological clearance of the cervical spine with MRI compared to CT? (40% marks)
b) List the complications of prolonged immobilisation when spinal precautions are used for a suspected cervical-spine injury. (60% marks)
Complications of prolonged C-spine immobilisation from a 2004 review by Morris and McCoy
The Alfred Spinal Clearance Protocol
Chapter 78 (pp. 795) Spinal injuries by Sumesh Arora and Oliver J Flower
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