NEXUS Criteria

nexus criteria
Cite this article as: Keerthi Gondy, USA, "NEXUS Criteria," in International Emergency Medicine Education Project, July 6, 2020, https://iem-student.org/2020/07/06/nexus-criteria/, date accessed: August 10, 2020

The First Nexus Criteria Reference

Hoffman JR, Wolfson AB, Todd K, Mower WR. Selective cervical spine radiography in blunt trauma: methodology of the National Emergency X-Radiography Utilization Study (NEXUS). Ann Emerg Med. 1998;32(4):461-469. doi:10.1016/s0196-0644(98)70176-3

Neck pain after a bar fight

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In case you didn’t encounter a young trauma patient today!

You are working in a rural hospital. A 34-year-old male trauma patient was brought to the ED by his friends! You applied primary and secondary survey. The patient describes only neck pain. He has a central tenderness at the c-spine area. The facility does not have a CT scan, and you order c-spine X-ray. 

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