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April 25, 1936

A BRACE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION AND HANDLING OF PATIENTS WITH INJURIES OF THE CERVICAL VERTEBRAE

Author Affiliations

New York

From the Surgical Service of Harlem Hospital, Dr. C. S. B. Cassasa, Director.

JAMA. 1936;106(17):1467-1468. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.92770170002011a

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Abstract

There has been no brace designed to my knowledge for the transportation and handling with safety of patients with acute fractures and dislocations of the cervical vertebrae. The only point stressed in making this brace was that it should be so solidly and firmly constructed that it would not slip once it had been applied. It is adjustable, and any degree of hyperextension and traction on the head is easily obtained by means of four turnbuckles.

The necessity for such a brace occurred to me because we had in the wards several patients with injuries of the cervical spine whom we were afraid to move for roentgen examination for fear that harm might result. It was therefore with the idea of supporting the neck during roentgen examinations in these cases that this brace was made, and for that reason the obliquely vertical rods were placed so as not to interfere with

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