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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Traumatic Full Arrest

The above term is known in EMS as a person with no pulse or respirations as a result of trauma. In the field there is very little that we can do except rapid transport to a hospital.

The call came out as a hit and run auto vs pedestrian with major bleeding from the head. We arrive on scene to find TFD performing CPR on a woman. From the neck down there didn't seem to be anything wrong with her. Her head however had been crushed by the wheel of a truck (from which she was evidently just pushed). It was really strange being able to watch the bones in her skull move around as we tried to breathe for her. Everyone on the scene agreed that it was one of the worst trauma they had seen. We transported her to the local ER about 2 minutes away where she was pronounced dead about fifteen minutes later. We found out later that the male party turned himself in after about an hour. He is facing several felony charges.
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