Article: PDF OnlyDibsie Laura G. MSN RN CCRNCritical Care Nursing Quarterly: August 1998 - p 36-41 Buy Abstract This article identifies and describes the standards of care in treating, diagnosing, and managing suspected cervical spine injuries. Staff experience, nursing, and medical literature provide insight into the complications associated with spine immobilization. Review of medical literature provides background on the standard diagnostic exams utilized and the rationale for the number and variety of tests included in the clearance process. Opportunities for reviewing practice, with an emphasis on limiting the effects of immobilization, can provide future challenges to nursing. © Williams & Wilkins 1998. All Rights Reserved.