Hurricane-related injuries

By: jeffs713 , 12:38 PM GMT on August 23, 2012

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Hello everyone!

As some of you may know, I am currently a nursing student, and I've been here a while. With a storm now looking to be a major threat, I noticed there isn't much solid info (and a lot of terrible info) about injuries during and after a hurricane - and how to treat them.

So... I'd like to gather some info on what kind of injuries are usually seen during and after a hurricane, that are treatable with first aid. My concept is to gather this info, and make a post in the next day or so with information on how people can treat common hurricane-related injuries. I think this will be of more help to everyone, rather than another post detailing what I think Issac will be doing.

With that said... If you've been in a hurricane, or responded to one either as a first responder or via Portlight... what have you seen in terms of hurricane-related injuries that do not require immediate professional attention?

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5. airman45
7:04 PM GMT on November 23, 2012
In 1979 after Hurricane Frederick struck the northern Gulf Coast I drove out to our beach property before the police closed off the area. Most homes were heavily damaged with debris piled everywhere. As I walked down the path toward the house I stepped on a large nail that went through my foot. Didn't see it as seaweed covered everything. We found dead snakes and found out later that a large alligator a neighbor kept as a "pet" was loose in the area!
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7:09 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
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3. superpete
1:54 PM GMT on August 23, 2012
During hurricane Ivans passage by Grand Cayman in 2004, the following were seen as casualties & injuries.
On September 11th & 12th 2004, Ivan passed within 30 miles of Grand Caymans south coast,with Category 4 wind speed & a 9 to 11 foot storm surge [on the south coastal areas]
Two deaths during the storm occured, one by a falling roof beam & the 2nd when a person went outside during the storms peak winds, to secure a boat.
Injuries were reported & witnessed in the following areas post-storm passage:
Penetrating injuries by flying/broken glass,stepping on sharp/ broken objects
Infected injuries,caused by contaminated surface water ( ground water contaminated with sewage,fuels,irritants such as poison ivy/maiden plum)
Broken bones, lacerations. Crush related injuries during repairs & relief efforts.
No electrocution risk, as the island was without power largely due to downed lines. Also the power company shut down the grid prior to the storms arrival.
Carbon monoxide poisoning was a risk, when running generators in confined areas, two fatalaties occured.
Sickness due to hygene concerns was largely avoided due to stringent safe-guards & measures to water quality & waste disposal.
Psychological distress & trauma presented as a significant concern in some individuals. Hope the above helps your studies
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2. jeffs713
1:31 PM GMT on August 23, 2012
Quoting kwgirl:
Hi. Most after storm injuries can be anywhere from stepping on a nail to electrocution. The hazards are many involving anything you can think of. People cutting themselves with chainsaws, glass, nails etc. Heat exhaustion is a big threat. Sunburn, bug bites and lets not forget animal bites. From scared domestic pets to wild animals, even snakes. I think what you are looking for is the normal exhaustion, sunburn scrapes and cuts. Maybe broken bones. I once went to investigate my property, stupidly walking on a downed wooden fence to cross my property and it collapsed from my weight. Luckily I wasn't hurt, but it could have been bad from a sprained ankle to a broken leg. Also lets not forget possible concussions if something falls on somebody or they are foolish enough to go out in the storm and get hit. Maybe you should ask the Red Cross about what they have seen. Good Luck and I salute you in getting prepared. You have a great future as a Nurse. Thank you.

Thanks kwgirl!

I actually have a few common injuries listed (broken bones, electrocution, cuts, head injuries), but I had not thought of the "simple" things that many people forget about. Stuff like sunburn, exhaustion, stepping on nails, etc.

It looks like I'll definitely have something to do in my downtime @ work today!
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1. kwgirl
1:18 PM GMT on August 23, 2012
Hi. Most after storm injuries can be anywhere from stepping on a nail to electrocution. The hazards are many involving anything you can think of. People cutting themselves with chainsaws, glass, nails etc. Heat exhaustion is a big threat. Sunburn, bug bites and lets not forget animal bites. From scared domestic pets to wild animals, even snakes. I think what you are looking for is the normal exhaustion, sunburn scrapes and cuts. Maybe broken bones. I once went to investigate my property, stupidly walking on a downed wooden fence to cross my property and it collapsed from my weight. Luckily I wasn't hurt, but it could have been bad from a sprained ankle to a broken leg. Also lets not forget possible concussions if something falls on somebody or they are foolish enough to go out in the storm and get hit. Maybe you should ask the Red Cross about what they have seen. Good Luck and I salute you in getting prepared. You have a great future as a Nurse. Thank you.
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