#WorldTraumaDay: Importance of emergency care post an accident

Dr Shweta Manohar, Head of Emergency and Trauma, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, explains why it is crucial to undergo a medical check-up post-accident

Importance of emergency care post an accident

Every year January 11 to 17, ‘Road Safety Week’ is observed, and it focuses on interventions made year-on-year to bring down road traffic accidents.

The theme for this year is ‘Sadak Suraksha , Jeevan Raksha’. Generally, the first observation following a road traffic accident (RTA), especially, a -impact one, is that the motorists and pedestrians, involved in the accident, walk away if they do not have any visible wounds.

Our expert, Dr Shweta Manohar, Head of Emergency and Trauma, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, explains why it is crucial to undergo a medical check-up if you have suffered an accident.

Medical experts, in the past as well, have stressed on the fact that a full-fledged medical examination should be done post an RTA. Many times, Emergency Response Teams receive accident victims who have survived without a scratch but did not seek medical aid immediately.

Unfortunately, the patients consult the doctor when it’s too late. Even if a person has no visible injuries, they may have suffered severe injuries to internal organs due to the impact of the accident, which can subsequently lead to death, if not diagnosed and treated on time.

One must seek medical help if the following symptoms show after an accident:

  • A headache, vomiting, dizziness, transient loss of consciousness, convulsions, and nasal and ear bleed which are indicators for traumatic brain injuries
  • Persistent neck or back pain with numbness or weakness in limbs could indicate Spine injuries
  • Chest pain and breathlessness could indicate blunt chest trauma
  • Concussions may lead to Emotional Distress which includes Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Here are some other important factors to keep in mind post a traumatic road accident to avoid any dangerous or fatal outcomes:

  • The topmost priority is to see a doctor right away post a motor vehicle accident, irrespective of its severity
  • The body goes on high alert post an accident. You may feel nervous, scared or even face hyperactivity; this is the body experiencing an adrenaline rush. This rush causes you do not experience any pain at that point. You will feel the aftermath of the incident once the adrenaline rush begins to fade away.
  • There is a high chance that you may have experienced several injuries to the brain, head, spine, and neck. If not evaluated and treated on time, these injuries could progressively worsen.
  • To be considered low risk, patients would need to meet all low-risk criteria. Thus, it is crucial to seek timely medical intervention, for visible and non-visible injuries.

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