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CMAJ. 2010 November 9; 182(16): 1761.
PMCID: PMC2972330

Incorrectly placed C-spine collar

I don’t question the research in this article1 but rather the improper positioning of the C-spine collar on the cover of the Aug. 10 issue of CMAJ. The collar protrudes too far anteriorly (under the chin) and doesn't sit properly on the trapezius. This placement may result in serious injury if the chin slips under the collar during transport or a patient lift. An unfortunate portrayal of C-spine to accompany a good article.


1. Stiell IG, Clement CM, O'Connor A, et al. Multi-centre prospective validation of use of the Canadian C-Spine Rule by triage nurses in the emergency department. CMAJ. 2010 Aug 10;:182, 1173–9. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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