First Aid Overview

First Aid for an Impaled Object

An impaled object can be a scary and lie threatening occurrance. Follow these steps to help the victim of an impaled object:

Emergency Treatment

  1. Seek medical assistance immediately. Call for EMS.

    Until EMS arrives:

  2. DO NOT move or remove impaled object. DO NOT remove victim who is impaled on stationary object unless victim's life is in immediate danger; if you must remove victim from life-threatening situation, do so gently, then control bleeding (see bleeding,external).

  3. Check victim for shock (see shock).

  4. Cut or tear away clothing from around wound without moving object. If object is long, help victim into most comfortable position.

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    Tear away clothes from around the object.

  5. Wrap bulky dressing around object, and anchor it with bandages or strips of cloth to keep it from moving.

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    Use heavy wrappings to keep
    the object from moving.

  6. Keep victim from moving.
To learn more about first aid and emergency care, see:
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