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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Fall from Height

CanadiEM - By Denise Wooding - January 12, 2021
"Pearls
  • Workplace accidents and suicide attempts are common causes of falls from height, and should generally be approached using ATLS guidelines
  • Factors like height of the fall, age, surface landed on, and body positioning at landing affect morbidity, mortality and injury pattern
  • Vertebral fractures are the most common injury, are frequently asymptomatic, and must be carefully excluded
  • If it is appropriate to apply the Canadian C-spine rules, imaging will be recommended due to dangerous mechanism
  • Consider psychiatric assessment in intentional falls"