A 14 year old male presents to your Emergency Department by private car with neck pain following a failed back-flip whilst playing on the family trampoline at home.
The ABC’s of the cervical spine provide a helpful mnemonic to guide the systematic assessment of these x-rays. Remember; you require all three views (lateral, AP and odontoid/open mouth view) for an adequate study.
A 6 year old male is bought to your ED by local ambulance following a 5-6 metre fall from the roof of his family home. He had been trying to get his tennis ball that was stuck in the second story gutter when he slipped and fell to the concrete ground below, landing on his left hand side.
The batphone rings at 5am. You are given a 5 minute ‘heads up’ by paramedics regarding a 3 year old child they are rushing to you with lights & sirens. She has a history of seizure disorder and has been actively seizing for 45 minutes….