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What are crush injuries?

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2022 | Construction Accidents |

Crush injuries are a serious issue that often affects construction workers in particular, though they can occur to anyone who spends time around objects larger or heavier than they are.

It is important to understand how crush injuries work and what impact they have on people.

Torso crush injuries

Up To Date takes a close look at crush injuries. Generally speaking, crush injuries fall into one of two categories. The first are crush injuries to the torso or trunk. The second includes crush injuries to the limbs or extremities, such as the hands, feet, legs and arms.

Each type of crush injury comes with its own potential issues. For example, crush injuries that primarily involve the torso typically put the organs at risk. Due to the pressure and disruption of blood flow, many organs may end up failing either from that or from working overtime to make up for the organs that cannot work properly.

Limb crush injuries

As far as limb injuries go, the biggest risks tend to involve gangrene, necrosis and other infections of the tissues that could result in the tissue dying off. This might eventually require an amputation to facilitate full recovery. Sepsis may also occur. This deadly infection can potentially result in death within days of diagnosis in certain forms.

It is important for crush injuries to get proper treatment as fast as possible. This includes appropriate extraction from crush situations in some cases. As all crush injuries are serious by nature, they should all receive quick and accurate medical care to prevent further complications or even loss of life.