Shallow-water spinal injuries - devastating but preventable

A J Vlok, J Petersen, R N Dunn, J Stander
2010 South African Medical Journal  
Shallow-water diving injuries are endemic in South Africa. They have catastrophic neurological sequelae in the younger population, at tremendous personal cost and a burden to society, medical service providers and social support structures. The management requires intensive resources in the acute and rehabilitation phases. Divingrelated cervical injuries, often leading to quadriplegia and death, constitute a subgroup of cervical spine injuries. We studied divingrelated cervical spine injuries
more » ... al spine injuries with the aim of identifying a specific South African target group for whom to implement a prevention programme.
doi:10.7196/samj.3712 fatcat:klccdd4ajfbovb7mqbjkatgbem