In this video, Mr Peter Bates discusses how to clear if there is an injury in the cervical spine in a polytrauma case. He reviews different steps and gives advice on how to go about the clinical exam upon arrival. He also reviews what type of imaging should be used to accurately assess the cervical spine, saying that a CT scan should be the first choice, an MRI should be used as a backup to assess the soft tissue and that plain x-rays do not give enough information to properly assess a patient. Mr Bates also explains how to treat polytrauma children patients when assessing their cervical spine, and why he treats them, in most cases, the same as he would an adult patient.
Polytrauma Instructional Course
Smith & Nephew Expert Connect Centre
Croxley Park, UK
17-19 May, 2017
Chairperson: Prof Peter Giannoudis (UK)
Watch all of the Polytrauma course presentations here.