Environmental injuries

Aitken, Peter, Little, Mark, Norton, Ian, and Pearce, Andrew (2013) Environmental injuries. In: Nutbeam, Tim, and Boylan, Matthew, (eds.) ABC of Prehospital Emergency Medicine. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK, pp. 134-140.

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[Extract] Prehospital care usually involves exposure to the elements. This introduces the environment as a potential cause of the initial injury or illness, a contributor to secondary effects on a patient with other illness or injury and the risk of environmental injury to personnel providing care. There are multiple types of environmental injury (Table 24.l). Many are discussed in other chapters (e.g. altitude, diving, drowning) while this chapter focuses on cold and heat injury and envenomation. It is worth remembering that people are also part of the environment and often the least predictable and most dangerous element.

Prehospital personnel should have a sound knowledge of environmental injury and its management. They also need to maintain an awareness of environmental risks to ensure the welfare of both the patient and team members and include preventive measures in their pre-planning.

Item ID: 31494
Item Type: Book Chapter (Teaching Material)
ISBN: 978-0-470-65488-0
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2015 03:51
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110305 Emergency Medicine @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response @ 100%
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