USA: Cervical Spine Injury Prediction Rule in Children Can Guide Imaging Use

A cervical spine injury prediction rule can assist physicians in determining which children should undergo imaging on arrival to the emergency department after blunt trauma, according to a study published online June 3 in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

Julie C. Leonard, M.D., from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, and colleagues conducted a prospective observational cohort study involving children aged 0 to 17 years presenting with known or suspected blunt trauma at 18 specialized children’s emergency departments. A total of 22,430 children presenting with known or suspected blunt trauma were enrolled: 11,857 and 10,573 in the derivation and validation cohorts, respectively. Overall, 433 patients (1.9 percent) had confirmed cervical spine injuries.

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