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Casualty with crushed body part

Hazard Knowledge

Casualties that have body parts trapped or crushed pose serious problems for the responding fire and rescue service and medical support.

Early release is always the goal. Emergency amputation is a very rare event and is seen as a last resort for extrication by medical responders.

In the context of a crushed limb, the application of a tourniquet by trained personnel is appropriate to stop bleeding. Crush syndrome is not reduced by the application of tourniquets.

Advanced medical support may be required for surgical release - this should be mobilised early (Greaves et al, 2003).