Management of Crush Injury/Syndrome

Crush syndrome is a life and limb-threatening condition that can occur as a result of entrapment of the extremities accompanied by extensive damage of a large muscle mass. It can develop following as little as 1 hour of entrapment. Effective medical care is required to reduce the risk of kidney damage, cardiac arrhythmia, and death. Management includes;

  • Fluids: IV fluid to provide 1L/h for 24 to 48 hours (depending on evacuation availability)
  • Equipment: ECG, laboratory tests for serum potassium and urine myoglobin, Foley catheter with graduated collection system, tourniquets
  • Medications: hyperkalemia
  • Manage Pain
  • Give Antibiotics
  • Continuous monitor with portable monitor; 15-minute to hourly vital signs, examination, urine output documented on flow sheet
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