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Harness Suspension Trauma

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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