You have a patient who presents to the ER after a motor vehicle crash that happened yesterday. The patient stated that today they woke up with neck pain and it now hurts to look to the left. What is the priority for this patient?


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- Place them in a C-collar

- Perform a range of motion test

- Get them to XRay

- Ask them if they have been nauseous


The priority for this patient is to stablize their neck to protect them from any potential further damage. You would not have them do a range of motion test. Getting an XRay and questioning about s/sx happens after the head is stablized.

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