How to treat a crush injury

Missouri workers who deal with heavy equipment or fast machinery have to worry about the possibility of receiving a crush injury. These injuries can be very damaging to the body and require quick treatment in order to mitigate the potential of long-lasting damage.

Crush injuries can manifest in many ways. They can include compartment syndrome, fractures, nerve damage, laceration, intense bruising, or bleeding. Because many crush accidents lead to multiple injuries at a time, the United States National Library of Medicine points out that speedy first aid is crucial. In the case of an injury that is openly bleeding, pressure should first be applied in order to stop the flow of blood. This is especially true in the case of compartment syndrome, which is a complication that results from the initial crush injury. It can lead to many long term issues, with soft tissue damage topping the list.

However, if there have been injuries to the neck, spine or head, movement should be limited as much as possible, or left completely alone. A bandage or wet cloth should then be applied, and the affected area should be lifted above the heart to improve the flow of blood.

EMS World states that both compartment syndrome and crush injuries are part of the blanket of blunt trauma injuries. This means that professional treatment will often be needed due to the complications that can occur internally with blunt force trauma. This is why it is important to alleviate pressure, stop bleeding, and get professional medical treatment quickly.

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