Neck Trauma (Background & Anatomy)


  1. A major trauma challenge
  2. Life-threatening risks

Anatomic Points

  1. Neck protection

Structures At Risk (By Neck Zone) 

  1. Zone I (base of neck)
    **Injuries may be hidden by chest or mediastinum
  2. Zone II (midportion of neck) 
    **Injuries here least likely to be occult
  3. Zone III (superior neck)  
    ** Injuries can be difficult to access surgically


  1. Trauma divided by mechanism into three groups

Selective Intubation: