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If a person is unconscious, does that mean he has a neck injury?

Head and neck injuries are always assumed if a patient is unconscious. When this happens, the first step is to stabilize the neck before checking if the patient is breathing and has a pulse.

(This answer provided for NATA by the University of Alabama Athletic Training Education Program.)

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