Use of an improved Watusi collar to manage pediatric neck burn contractures

K. Hurlin Foley, B. Doyle, P. Paradise, I. Parry, Tina L Palmieri, David G Greenhalgh, Reg Richard

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Burns to the neck present a serious challenge to the pediatric burn team. Even when full neck range of motion is maintained, scarring may lead to banding and a loss of the neck's natural contour. Conventional thermoplastic neck conformers have been used to maintain neck position and provide pressure to maturing scars, but they are rigid and limit functional mobility. This is of particular concern in the pediatric population where limiting neck mobility can disrupt the development of sensory and motor patterns that are essential to normal developmental progression. The Multi-Ring Watusi collar is a flexible neck orthosis that allows mobility and provides circumferential pressure to the neck. We modified this collar to improve its comfort, cosmetic appearance and ease in donning/doffing. The improved Watusi collar is a flexible splint that supports neck position, provides circumferential pressure, and allows for functional neck mobility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-226+220
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Emergency Medicine


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