Serious Injuries

Referred to as ‘major trauma’, life and limb threatening injuries present a number of challenges to members of the emergency services. NARS volunteers are trained and equipped to perform emergency surgical procedures at the scene of an accident. A surgical cricothyroidotomy is a procedure similar to a tracheostomy in that the lungs can be ventilated in the case of complete airway obstruction, especially in the case of severe facial injuries. Thoracostomies can be performed when a patient is suspected of having severe chest injuries to relieve a tension pneumothorax (collapsed lung).