Emergency airway management in patients with cervical spine injuries

J. C. Criswell*, M. J. A. Parr, J. P. Nolan

*Corresponding author for this work

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A retrospective study of admissions to a Level 1 Trauma Centre, revealed 393 patients with traumatic cervical spine injuries. All 36 patients intubated urgently and 37 and 68 patients intubated between 30min and 24 h of admission, were intubated orally, following a rapid sequence induction with the application of cricoid pressure and manual in‐line stabilisation of the head and neck. There were no neurological sequelae in these 73 patients (95% confidence interval 0–4%). This technique for airway management is described in detail. It is a safe, familiar, and effective method for securing the airway in patients with cervical spine injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900-903
Number of pages4
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • cervical spine injury
  • Intubation, tracheal
  • technique
  • trauma
  • Complications


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