In this episode we answer a question that was sent in by a Rescue Fan that wondered what the best course of action would be if a person suffered a neck injury on the ice. It’s important to remember that if the patient has any pain, movement minimization is the goal while maintaining the patients core body temperature while waiting for EMS to arrive. If the person doesn’t feel hurt, they may elect to slowly get to their feet and recover. If they do feel pain, numbness, tingling, weakness or loss of consciousness, the best course of treatment in my opinion is to call 911 or EMS. I hope it helps.
I tried to release this video episode on Friday and unfortunately had some media problems. I wanted to make sure to address some of the questions regarding how people could be injured by the Meteor explosion if it never hit the earth. Great question, because the meteorite entered earths atmosphere so fast and burned so brightly when it came in, it drew thousands of peoples attention and they went near windows to gaze up at the aftermath of it’s entry. While people were standing by, the sonic boom was so loud, it shattered windows, caved in buildings and in some cases even blew in doors. The shards of broken glass was the greatest cause of injuries. But some reports said there could have been ear drum damage, some eye and vision disorders and I believe even one cardiac arrest though this may be hard to confirm. If you have any interest in what happened want to see shocking footage and how these injured people could have protected themselves, be sure to watch this episode of RoyOnRescue.
I wanted to respond to this question sent in via email from what I think is a Martial Artist. Being active in martial arts myself (TKD and BJJ) I completely understand the question sent in from Michael about eye injuries, face injuries and teeth problems.
Like any trauma, there can be several things to think about right away. Is there a more serious injury that is being missed because of the blood coming from the face(distracting injury)? Maybe a head injury, brain swelling, breathing problems, neck injury, broken bone, etc. If no life threatening situation, then we may have some more time to think about how bad the injury really is.
If ever there is a loss of sight, loss of limb or loss of life, the answer is simple. Activate your medical emergency services RIGHT AWAY and support the patient with CPR and First Aid. If no life threatening emergency, glove up, clean up the patient and see what’s going on. If the person has an eye injury that makes them unable to see or may be the result of a poking injury, get them to the ER for examination. If the person has a hematoma(blood under skin) that is making their eye swell and unable to open, it may be a good idea to get a cold pack on it right away and then get to doctor or ER for reduction of hematoma, stitches, tetanus shot etc.
Loose, broken or missing teeth? Dentist right away. Anything less then these may buy you some time to see if it gets better or worse. We have all been hurt while sparring but it’s the possible tears, broken bones, eyes and teeth that we don’t want to let go too far without treatment. Remember, if in doubt, call your 911 (EMS) or doctor and run the situation by them. Get a second opinion and see if they want you to come in or treat with first aid.
Now a reminder on prevention. Head gear, mouth-guards, face shields and proper guards are all essential to the prevention and reduction of needless injuries during contact sports. Yeah I know, they’re clumsy and usually not needed but if you’ve ever been kicked, hit or struck in the wrong place you can appreciate their protective abilities. Remind new people that sparring means practice with control not out and out fighting. Warn your sparring partners of injured areas and communicate when things are not going right. Whenever your in doubt about an injury…see a doctor.
I hope this helps. Be Well.
This episode of iRescueRadio covers Christmas safety. We start out talking about an accident involving Reindeer and a six car collision. This is followed by followed by Winter sports safety tips. What should you bring with you when you take the kids sledding or skiing? Is there need for a helmet?
After that we talk about Ice, snowmobiling, and injuries related to decorations and tree fires and more.