Neck Injury Evaluation: The CSPINE Study

Development and Testing of a Pediatric Cervical Spine Injury Risk Assessment Tool

Protocol Description

This observational multi-center study examines how well existing criteria identify patients at high risk for cervical spine injury (CSI) and what factors should be included in an evaluation tool for boarding/collaring pediatric patients in the field. CSI (neck) injuries are serious, but rare, events in children. Lacking a better evaluation tool, current CSI precautions for trauma transport and radiographic evaluation for may expose children to risks and procedures with no demonstrable benefit. Researchers believe that development of a Pediatric CSI Risk Assessment Tool will help first responders and emergency room personnel to make better decisions for treatment. Input will be contributed from UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and emergency departments of other hospitals in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN).

Eligibility Criteria

Patients of both genders through age 17, who are being evaluated for blunt trauma to the neck that requires activation of the trauma team and/or cervical spine imaging immediately upon arrival at the Emergency Room of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, are eligible for inclusion in this study.
Males and Females: Through age 17


This study follows children who undergo emergency evaluation after blunt trauma for a period of 28 days to determine CSI status.
Visits: 1
Duration: About 1 month

Status: Open for Enrollment

Source(s) of Support

Eunice Kennedy Schriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, National Institutes of Health

Additional Information

Emergency Medicine Research

Primary Investigator

Robert W. Hickey, MD

Contact Information

For more information about the study or enrollment, please contact:
Research Coordinator