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Prehosp Emerg Care. 2014 Oct-Dec;18(4):539-43. doi: 10.3109/10903127.2014.916019. Epub 2014 May 30.

Motion produced in the unstable cervical spine by the HAINES and lateral recovery positions.

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

To compare the amount of segmental vertebral motion produced with the lateral recovery position and the HAINES technique when performed on cadavers with destabilized cervical spines.

METHODS:

The cervical spines of 10 cadavers were surgically destabilized at the C5-C6 vertebral segment. Sensors from an electromagnetic tracking device were affixed to the vertebrae in question to monitor the amount of anterior/posterior, medial/lateral, and distraction/compression linear motion produced during the application of the two study techniques.

RESULTS:

The statistical analysis of linear motion data did not reveal any significant differences between the two recovery positions.

CONCLUSION:

At this time, no single version of the recovery position can be endorsed for the spine-injured trauma patient. More research is needed to fully ascertain the safety of commonly used recovery positions.

KEYWORDS:

cervical spine injury; spinal immobilization; spinal stabilization

PMID:
24878332
DOI:
10.3109/10903127.2014.916019
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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