Crush Injuries

May/June 2006   ISSN-1059-6518   Volume 19  Number 3

A crush injury occurs when part of the body is trapped between two solid objects and subjected to enough force to “crush” the tissues. The resulting injury can cause damage to the skin, supporting soft tissues, muscles, nerves, vasculature, and bones. The severity of the crush injury is dependent upon the forces involved, the quantity of tissue damaged, and the duration of entrapment.

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