80% of crush injuries result in death from severe head injuries
There is a 20% incidence of crush injuries among natural death disaster victims
Crush syndrome is the result of major shock and kidney failure following a crush injury
Crush injuries occur when there has been a direct physical crushing of the muscles by a heavy force or pressure. They happen most often when part of the body is trapped between two objects.
Crush injuries are usually associated with traumatic events such as car accidents, natural disasters and building collapses.
In the event of a crush injury, the first step should be to call 000 immediately. Acute crush syndrome is related to compression time, so it’s crucial that the casualty is released as quickly as possible. Crush syndrome is a direct response from the disruption of the body’s chemistry and can result in heart problems, kidney failure and breathing difficulties.