Suffering from a car accident is a traumatic experience. Despite many efforts and precautions, World Health Organization (WHO) data still show 37,000 people are killed in the United States annually in car crashes.
Although the frequency of traffic accidents cannot be completely eliminated, it can be minimized by taking the following preventions and precautions. The presence of your mind at the wheel is an important factor.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 1.35 million people die each year in car accidents. An additional 20 million and 50 million auto accident survivors may experience lifelong disability from minor vehicle damage, with possible short-term or long-term problems.
COMMON MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS OF CAR ACCIDENTS
Here are the most common medical complications involved in road traffic accidents. Some of them are obvious, while others require further medical evaluation to diagnose. As a result, those who lack the necessary training to manage emergency medical situations are frequently urged not to move the patients because doing so could exacerbate an injury that hasn’t yet been identified.
Vehicle accidents are responsible for approximately 200,000 traumatic brain injuries (TBI) each year, making them the third leading cause of TBI. The sudden whack of a car accident can cause damage to the brain in many different ways, including penetrating injuries, brain contusions, and coups. The latter occurs when the brain hits the back of the skull opposite the point of impact. The severity of brain injuries due to auto accidents can range from mild to severe. TBI can affect a patient’s memory, sensations, and movements. It can also result in changes in behavior and personality.
Spinal cord injury
Vehicle accidents account for 36.5% of spinal cord injury cases, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Spinal cord injury can cause partial or complete loss of function in the organs underlying the injury site. Patients may not be able to control stool or bladder movements. Paralysis of the arms and legs can also occur.
The heart, lungs, liver, and portion of the spleen are among the important organs that are shielded by the 12 pairs of bones that make up the ribcage. Ribs are fragile and can easily be broken by direct impact. This is a life-threatening situation because rib fractures can also affect the soft organs that are surrounded by the ribs. The jagged edges of a fully fractured rib can puncture a lung or heart if not properly secured.
Heavy bleeding (external)
Of all the complications of a car accident, the most obvious are lacerations and external bleeding from lacerations. However, if left untreated, excessive blood loss can be fatal.
Unlike external bleeding, internal bleeding is less noticeable and therefore more dangerous. Blood loss takes place inside the body, so it cannot be addressed right away after an injury. Similarly, the severity of internal damage can only be determined by radiological examination.