A story about the Ottawa C-spine Rules — a protocol which safely allows practitioners to remove cervical collars quickly and safely — and a study which validated their use by Emergency Department triage nurses. However, according to the study as actually published, the nurses only pretended to remove the c-collars. Nevertheless, the study’s authors contend this will be coming to an emergency department near you soon. Lovely idea. Getting patients off backboards (which, strictly speaking are a transport device anyway) and out of cervical collars will improve patient comfort and reduce wait times. Will the Ottawa C-Spine Rules actually be ever implemented anywhere?
Nope. Never will happen, not in a million years, mostly for the same reasons that the similarly named Ottawa Ankle Rules are never used: inertia and CYA. And of course, any errors in assessment would be catastrophic.