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Background

Crush injury is defined as compression of extremities or other parts of the body that causes muscle swelling and/or neurological disturbances in the affected areas of the body. Early aggressive treatment in patient who is suspected to have crush injury is VERY important. It is crucial to consider the severity of soft tissue damage and fractures, and the duration of the compression/entrapment. Crush injury can lead to crush syndrome which can be fatal

Variables to consider in Crush Injury

  • Duration and force of compression
  • Extent of damage
  • Patients age and overall health

Signs and symptoms of Crush Injury

  • Skin may remain intact, but maybe discolored and bruised
  • Swelling appears rapidly after pressure release
  • Pulse may or may not be present
  • Excruciating pain after pressure release

SEEK TREATMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, do not wait for clinical symptoms to develop, because patient may in renal failure