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Friday, June 6, 2008

The Dangers of Bungee Cords

We received a call for an ill male. That really means that the dispatcher has no clue what is going on. When we arrived on scene we found 2 guys standing next to a pick up truck on the side of highway 62. At their feet was our patient. My immediate thought was that the passenger had had a seizure and they pulled him out of the truck. Turns out he had been trying to secure something in the bed of the truck when the bungee cord he was using snapped back and hit him in the face. He was hit in the right eye. He had about a one inch gash right above the right eye and his eye was swollen shut. We open his eye to check it out and discovered that his eye was full of blood, the pupil was nonreactive to light and that he had lost vision in that eye. We bandaged him up and tried to start an IV. Before we could get the IV started (to give some Morphine) the ambulance arrived. At that point we let the MBA medic worry about the Morphine.


Reena said...

AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is my worst nightmare!!!!

Do you think he lost vision permanently?

Firefighter/Paramedic said...

He probably did lose his vision in his right eye. It looked pretty bad.

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