The use of a rigid cervical collar is widely recommended for patients with impaired consciousness following a head injury. This report suggests that such collars may cause significant increases in intracranial pressure in some patients and that this should be borne in mind when they are used.
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Craig, G.R., Nielsen, M.S. Rigid cervical collars and intracranial pressure. Intensive Care Med 17, 504–505 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01690778