Oh, once again, Homer is correct! Physics does matter. As does Anatomy and Physiology with respect to caring for children. We’ve previously discussed how these aspects have significance when evaluating ill and injured children (ex, Thoracic Trauma, Abdominal Trauma), but a recent post on the hazards of children sitting in the front seat of cars has brought to mind another condition that warrants specific consideration Pediatric Cervical Spine Injury. With adults it is relatively straight forward; apply your favorite validated screening tool and if your patient needs imaging, obtain a CT. With children, it isn’t as “simple.” Fortunately, my friend and colleague, Dr. Emily MacNeill has spent some time pondering this and can help us decipher the issue of Pediatric Cervical Spine Injury:
Note to myself: Just review Dr. Fox’s entire post. It is, like all of his posts brief and chock full of awesome nuggets.