Suspension trauma poster

Suspension trauma poster

Drie instructies om een Harness Suspension Trauma te voorkomen na een valstop

Een Harness Suspension Trauma (HST) is een gevaar voor iedereen die een valstopsysteem gebruikt en wordt vaak over het hoofd gezien door zowel de gebruikers als gebouweigenaars. In dit blog leggen we uit wat een HST is en geven we drie simpele instructies die het risico op een HST na een valstop verminderen.

Preventing Harness Suspension Trauma via planned rescue

Workers can already experience the first symptoms of HST, such as faintness, after 3 minutes. That is, if they haven’t been knocked unconscious during the fall. The blood circulation of a person is disrupted when suspended in a harness, which results in oxygen deprivation of the brain and heart. You can understand that this can cause serious damage and even be fatal.

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3 instructions to prevent HST after a fall arrest

Harness Suspension Trauma (HST) is a risk for everyone using a fall arrest system, which is often overlooked by users as well as the owners of the system. This post explains what HST is, and how three simple instructions can reduce the risk that users will suffer from HST after a fall arrest.

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Venous pooling typically occurs in the legs due to the force of gravity and a lack of movement. Some venous pooling occurs naturally when a person is standing. In the veins, blood normally is moved back to the heart through one-way valves using the normal muscular action associated with limb movement. If the legs are immobile, then these "muscle pumps" do not operate effectively, and blood can accumulate. Since veins can expand, a large volume of blood may accumulate in the veins.

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Additional information

The Malta Dynamics Suspension Trauma Relief Strap is a premium trauma strap designed to reduce the effects of prolonged fall suspension. Malta Dynamics newly designed trauma relief strap can be attached to most make and model body harnesses available on the market today. The strap can be pre-set and customized for a specific worker. Simply connect the strap using the quick connect and the system is ready to use. The design of the Malta Dynamics Trauma Relief Strap gives both workers and employers peace of mind that it can be used properly in the event of a fall.

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Rapid Reviews: Don’t leave me hanging! Suspension trauma management.

I was recently asked for a summary of the evidence available in management of suspension syncope (also commonly known as suspension trauma). On a quick glance through numerous textbooks in preparing this article including Emergency Care in the Streets, Emergency Care, PHTLS, ATLS, ATT and ITLS manuals, there were no specific references made to management of these patients. Usual disclaimers regarding scope of practice, guidelines etc. apply.

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BABY RESCUE BAG

Suspension trauma, otherwise known as orthostatic shock, harness hang syndrome, or orthostatic intolerance is caused by the human body being held upright without movement for a long period of time.  A prime example of this is a workers suspended in the air in a harness.  This can cause fatigue, hypoglycemia, hypothermia and in extreme cases traumatic brain injuries.