Patient Care

A flight nurse with Memorial Hermann Life Flight in Katy, Texas, uses a finger key light to do a rapid pupil assessment on a male patient who was working on his vehicle when the car shifted and partially crushed him. The patient was extricated by his son before the first responding crew from Community Volunteer Fire Department arrived. The crew, which included a student on her first day, put him in C-spine precautions and performed a trauma assessment. His injuries included third-degree burns on his right leg and left arm, as well as crush injuries and a laceration to his ankle.
Airway & Respiratory

RECLINED SEATS INCREASE INJURY RISKDissanaike S, Kaufman R, Mack CD, et al: ˙The effect of reclined seats on mortality in motor vehicle collisions.Ó„Journal of Trauma. 64(3):614Ï619, 2008.Automobile crash tests are conducted with the front seats in a full upright position, but many people fully recline the passenger seat to sleep on long trips or partially recline to look ˙coolÓ while driving.„