Alternate Names : Crush Wound
What are the treatments for the injury?
Minor crush injuries can usually be treated at home. Medical treatment is needed for a more serious crush injury. This treatment is needed to prevent loss of function, restore circulation to the injured area, and prevent infection.
The crush injury is cleansed with soap and water. If there is bleeding, pressure is applied to control the bleeding. Ice is applied. An x-ray is required to determine if the bone was damaged. A tetanus shot should be given if the person has not had one in the past 10 years. Antibiotics may be given to prevent infection. A severe injury may need surgery and even removal of the body part.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
A tetanus shot may cause pain at the site of the shot. Antibiotics may cause stomach upset, diarrhea, or an allergic reaction. Surgery has a risk of bleeding, infection, and reactions to the anesthesia medication.
What happens after treatment for the injury?
It is important to watch closely for swelling, which is a common problem after a crush injury. Severe swelling can lead to injury of underlying tissue. The affected area should be kept elevated above the level of the heart.