J R Army Med Corps 149:255-259 doi:10.1136/jramc-149-04-02
  • Original Papers

Consensus Statement On The Early Management Of Crush Injury And Prevention Of Crush Syndrome

  1. Surg Lt Cdr JE Smith, MBBS MSc MRCP RN, Specialist Registrar in Emergency Medicine3
  1. 1Education Centre, The James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 3BW
  2. 2University Hospital, Birmingham
  3. 3Defence Medical Services, Derriford MDHU, Plymouth, PL6 8DH.


Crush Syndrome remains rare in European practice. It is however common in areas of civil disorder and where the normal structures of society have given way to civil war or natural disaster. Western Doctors are becoming increasingly involved in such situations and there is no reason to believe that instances due to more conventional causes, such as collapse in the elderly or road traffic accidents will cease. For all these reasons it is important that clinicians who deal infrequently with crush syndrome have access to appropriate guidelines. This consensus report seeks to provide such advice.

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