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As you assess the head of a patient with a suspected spinal injury, your partner should first immobilize the head.

The primary objective is to keep the cervical spine as still as possible so that there is no movement and further potential damage can be prevented. You should then check for any gross deformities.

The patient’s neck may be in a position that is different from the natural curve of the cervical spine, which can indicate an injury has occurred.

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Next sentence: If you suspect they have injured their head or neck and are unable to assess pain levels themselves.

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Refer to the link below for a more detailed explanation of cervical spine injury and what you should do if one is suspected: Cervical Spine Injury


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