The most common visits to the Emergency Room for evaluation and investigation of life-threatening injuries are from serious car crashes. An auto accident can cause minor or major injuries to any part of the body. The severity of the injuries depends on how the accident occurred if the driver or passenger was wearing a seatbelt and the force of impact from the crash. Many times, the damage to the vehicle is not linked to the severity of the injuries suffered by the occupants. The following are six major life-threatening injuries that result from a serious car crash.
1. Blunt and Penetrating Head Injury
A head injury is very serious. Severe impact or penetrating head injury can result in brain damage or brain bleeds. Continuous brain bleeds can cause blood clots to form resulting in brutal pressure over soft brain tissue. The most detrimental injury to the brain is laceration which may result in death or permanent brain damage.
2. Blunt and penetrating Neck Injury
A neck injury is the second most common trauma observed following a serious car crash. Common neck injuries following a car accident are disk bulge and herniation, facet joint injury, and subluxation of the vertebrae.
3. Penetrating Chest Injury
A penetrating chest injury can lacerate or injure the lungs, heart or major blood vessels. Most injuries to the chest require extensive and often costly surgeries.
4. Penetrating Abdominal Injury
Abdominal injuries are less life-threatening than are chest injuries but can still be severe. Laceration or slash of the abdominal aorta often results in life-threatening bleeding. Penetrating objects resulting from a car crash should be left in place until the patient is in surgery to control the bleeding.
5. Fractured Skull, Ribs and/or Extremities
Blunt trauma, severe twisting of the body or legs as well as penetrating wound extremities can cause fractures to the skull, ribs or extremity bones.
6. Major Joint Dislocation
A car accident may cause dislocation of major or minor joints. Major joints often dislocated in a car accident are shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, or ankle joint.
Signs and Symptoms of Life-Threatening Injuries Following a Car Crash
Signs of life-threatening injuries may include the following.
- Pale skin.
- Cyanotic or bluish skin.
- Low blood pressure.
- Rapid heart rate.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Gasping for air.
- Unable to sit or stand.
- Unable to lift arms or legs.
- Unable to follow instructions or carry verbal command like touching nose or toes.
- Signs of penetrating wounds.
- Signs of bleeding.
- Signs of fracture or dislocation of the joint.
- Signs of weakness or paralysis of extremities.
Symptoms of life-threatening injuries may include the following.
- Severe intractable pain.
- Severe headache.
- Profound confusion.
- Inappropriate answers to verbal commands.
- Loss of memory.
- Blurred vision.
- Ringing in the ear.
- Semiconscious or unconscious.
- Vaginal bleeding.
- Convulsion or seizure.
- Vomiting blood.
- Coughing blood with sputum.
- Blood in stool.
- Blood in the urine.
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