"I believe that this collar is a major breakthrough in pre-hospital cervical immobilization and management for several reasons. The collar has all the features of the traditional stiff collar which allows for adequate immobilization of the neck and proper traction to prevent spinal cord injury. At the same time, Mr.Donaldson has made significant improvements to the collar in that it is completely transparent and visual inspection of the anatomy of the neck, trachea, and surrounding areas would be possible while the collar is still in place. The collar gives us the ability to see penetrating and blunt trauma to the neck including rapidly expanding hematomas in this area and serious mandibular fractures, and others pathology that is easily missed with present cervical collars… It is unfortunate that nobody has had the foresight to invent a collar like this in years past, but I am excited about the immensity of the potential this collar will have in enhancing pre-hospital and emergency department care of trauma victims in the future. I strongly endorse the concept of this new collar and eagerly await the implementation of this collar in EMS systems and emergency departments around the world."
Richard L. Montgomery, M.D.
Attending Physician, Forsyth Medical Center Emergency Department
"As a practicing emergency department physician and the medical director of an emergency department, I would like to acknowledge my approval and encouragement to Mr.Donaldson, RN, for his development and design of his ClearCollar cervical immobilization device.
The concept of a clear cervical collar, which will maintain c-spine immobilization yet allow continuous assessment of the neck and airway during pre-hospital treatment and emergency room care, enable qualified personnel and physicians to detect signs and symptoms that indicate changes in a patient's condition that cannot be determined with conventional cervical collars now in use.
Early detection of jugular vein distention or tracheal shift, as well as ongoing assessment of direct trauma and maintenance of jugular vein access sites made possible with a clear cervical collar, will improve patient survival.
I am confident that the implementation of a clear cervical collar in pre-hospital care and emergency department treatment will be widely accepted by EMS providers and emergency department physicians. Morbidity of the trauma patient could be greatly reduced by the use of the ClearCollar."
Paul E. Horton, M.D.
Medical Director, Emergency Department, Forsyth Medical Center
"The clear cervical collar is a great improvement over our current models. Its use would afford us the ability to visualize the cervical anatomy of trauma patients and make judgments as to venous distention, tracheal deviation and wounds in the skins without subjecting the patient to possible further injury by removing stabilization. Since many trauma patients are confused and combative, the use of a clear collar would eliminate significant risk."
Kimball Johnson, M.D.
"With its obvious advantage in patient assessment, ClearCollar has brilliantly stumbled on what could easily be the next industry standard in emergency c-spine stabilization."
Robert S. Weatherwax, M.D.
"Only the ClearCollar allows for continuous visualization of the neck."
Dr. Bertrand Fote, M.D.
"When treating injured patients, the old cliché 'you can't treat what you can't see' holds true. One substantial drawback to conventional cervical collars is that they obstruct visual inspection of the neck when applied."
Capt. Dennis Huie
Forsyth County, NC Emergency Medical Services
"The clinical benefits of the ClearCollar are clearly superior to that of its competitors. It is no surprise, therefore, that it is widely endorsed by both pre-hospital and physician emergency medicine providers."
Dr. Bertrand Fote, M.D.
"This is an ingenious idea that will allow medical providers worldwide to enhance their delivery of trauma care. The ability to see wounds or bruising under the collar is quite important in making early decisions in giving care to trauma victims."
Daniel G. Sayers, M.D.
"I think this is a revolutionary product that will transform how trauma care is delivered."
Frank Klanduch, M.D.
Mid Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates
"The ClearCollar has a brilliant and innovative design of the cervical immobilization collar that is sure to revolutionize the industry."
Daniel G. Sayers, M.D.
"All cervical collars currently available limit the ability to inspect the neck for lacerations, shift of the midline structures and venous distention."
S. Pat Stuart, M.D.