A 28-year-old male has been involved in a high-speed motor vehicle crash and admitted to your hospital. His initial GCS at the scene was 5 (E2, V2, M1). He has been intubated and has a hard collar in place.
a) Outline your approach to clearing the cervical spine in this man. Justify your answer.
b) List the potential problems associated with the inability to clear the cervical spine at an early stage.