Crush injuries result from different situations, including vehicle entrapment, falling debris, an industrial accident or prolonged pressure on the body due to a person’s body weight when immobile.
Keeping yourself safe must always be the priority when assisting someone with such an injury.
Check for hazards and dangers. Call 111, if possible move the heavy weight off the injured person as soon as possible.
Control any bleeding using a cloth, clothing or dressing if available and apply firm pressure to the wound. If available, use gloves.
Check for other injuries and maintain body temperature using blankets or extra clothing.
Monitor and regularly check for deterioration in the injured person’s condition.
Keep the person calm and reassure them and treat them for shock until help arrives.
There may be no pain or obvious signs of injury associated with crush injury. Anyone who experiences a crush injury should be taken to hospital.
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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