- Compartment syndrome (increased pressure in an arm or leg that causes serious muscle, nerve, blood vessel, and tissue damage)
- Laceration (open wound)
- Nerve injury
- Secondary infection
- Stop bleeding by applying direct pressure.
- Cover the area with a wet cloth or bandage, then raise the area above the level of the heart, if possible.
- Call your local emergency number (such as 911) or local hospital for further advice.
A crush injury occurs when a body part is subjected to a high degree of force or pressure, usually after being squeezed between two heavy objects.
Damage related to crush injuries include:
Crush injuries usually require emergency department evaluation, and surgery may be needed to fully correct and treat the problem.
- Review date:
- January 13, 2010
- Reviewed by:
- Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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