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I need help here is a persons leg is barely hanging by skin and tissue. And arriving on scene after asking for permission and treating it and performing your rapid ***. Would you clean the spot of the wound with saline water at the scene or en route???
 

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Well considering you'd probably want to bandage the wound before leaving, and if you were going to irrigate it, you'd want to do that before bandaging, then probably before. It also kind of depends on if the patient is crashing or not.
 

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I need help here is a persons leg is barely hanging by skin and tissue. And arriving on scene after asking for permission and treating it and performing your rapid ***. Would you clean the spot of the wound with saline water at the scene or en route???

If their leg is barely hanging on by skin and tissue I would hope that:
1. Consent is implied and you don't have to ask them if they want help
2. You treat the massive hemorrhage that is likely and going to be a primary concern, and leave the irrigation to the folks at the hospital......
 
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If their leg is barely hanging on by skin and tissue I would hope that:
1. Consent is implied and you don't have to ask them if they want help
2. You treat the massive hemorrhage that is likely and going to be a primary concern, and leave the irrigation to the folks at the hospital......
I'm saying that obviously once you ask consent,call for als backup, checked the airway breathing, applied the tourniquet, and finish the rest of the rapid assessment, ex.. I just had that question
 
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Well considering you'd probably want to bandage the wound before leaving, and if you were going to irrigate it, you'd want to do that before bandaging, then probably before. It also kind of depends on if the patient is crashing or not.
Cause my I thought that for a trauma call your suppose to treat all life threatening situations at the scene evrything else would be done en route. But some friends tell me that I should do it at the scene. That's why I was asking
 

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Cause my I thought that for a trauma call your suppose to treat all life threatening situations at the scene evrything else would be done en route. But some friends tell me that I should do it at the scene. That's why I was asking

That's fine, I wasn't being smart. You are correct in you need to identify and treat life threats immediately. However if the injury is severe, like you are describing, I wouldn't worry about irrigating it. You are likely to have other issues to worry about, and if it's a borderline amputation then they will get a complete washout in the O.R. at the trauma center anyway. When ALS arrives they may need your help to address things like hypotension, or pain management, and irrigating a serious injury like that is just going to make a bloody mess. Irrigation for smaller stuff like lacerations, abrasions, etc with contaminates is perfectly fine.
 

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I need help here is a persons leg is barely hanging by skin and tissue. And arriving on scene after asking for permission and treating it and performing your rapid ***. Would you clean the spot of the wound with saline water at the scene or en route???

Neither. I would focus on the real problems (airway status, hypovolemia, hypothermia, just to name a few) and getting to a hospital as soon as is safely possible.
 
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That's fine, I wasn't being smart. You are correct in you need to identify and treat life threats immediately. However if the injury is severe, like you are describing, I wouldn't worry about irrigating it. You are likely to have other issues to worry about, and if it's a borderline amputation then they will get a complete washout in the O.R. at the trauma center anyway. When ALS arrives they may need your help to address things like hypotension, or pain management, and irrigating a serious injury like that is just going to make a bloody mess. Irrigation for smaller stuff like lacerations, abrasions, etc with contaminates is perfectly fine.
Thanks, your right that it's not that important to irrigate it at the moment. The main priority would be just to treat the injury asap and transport immediately and make sure the patient doesn't go into hemorrhagic shock
 

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I'd just leave it for the folks at the hospital. I had a finger tip avulsion the other day (not so friendly pooch) and I didn't mess with it. Gave him some morphine and transported. I'll let the docs play with his finger.
 

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This isn't really an avulsion, it's just an amputation with a little tissue left. This guy is going to the OR for a washout, so other than controlling bleeding in the field, there isn't much else to do.
 

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Train vs person, was working on my University's response vehicles. Waited an hour and half with the pt before the first ambo arrived.

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Train vs person, was working on my University's response vehicles. Waited an hour and half with the pt before the first ambo arrived.
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For this guy.... If hemodynamically unstable, pretty much scoop and screw after addressing any obvious major bleeding?

Assuming he is stable and just in a lot of pain... Expose, assess pulse/motor/sensory function of both feet. Squirt of IN Fentanyl. If pulse/sensory/motor function is normal just bandage and splint in place. If absent, try to realign in anatomical position if possible/easy to do so, reasses, then splint?

I guess one nice thing about that avulsion is it's easy to find the pedal pulse....
 

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For the amount of blood that this patient lost he was actually very stable.
Unfortunately we had to wait for an ambulance to transport because we cannot transport in our response vehicle.

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For the amount of blood that this patient lost he was actually very stable.
Unfortunately we had to wait for an ambulance to transport because we cannot transport in our response vehicle.

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Bit like having a fire truck turn up first...innit? I rest my case!!!!
 
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