Tag Archives: Suspension Syndrome
Written on April 4, 2018 at 10:39 AM, by Danielle Thomas
Do you know the importance of having a rescue plan in place? Harness suspension trauma can be life threatening when a worker sustains a fall. Educating workers and having a rescue plan in place can prevent this from happening and save lives. Here are some terms you need to know that related to suspension trauma:
- Fall Arrest System: A series of equipment components designed to stop the fall of individuals working at heights should they fall.
- Orthostatic Hypotension: In suspension trauma, this refers to the pooling of blood in the leg veins of a worker that occurs when individuals fall in harnesses, are suspended in confined spaces, etc. and are forced to hang vertically with their legs relaxed (immobilized).
- Reflow Syndrome: The return of pooled, hypoxic blood and its metabolic byproducts from the extremities to the heart (more about this later).
- Rescue Death: When related to suspension trauma, this type of death occurs in patients who appear physiologically stable during the rescue and extrication but suddenly die after being freed.
- Suspension Trauma: Injuries Sustained from being immobilized in a vertical position when the legs are
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