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Soft Tissue injuries


Soft Tissue injuries
Soft Tissue injuries
Soft Tissue injuries
Soft Tissue injuries

Injury is an insult to the body with the resultant adverse effect. This can be brought up by physical insult, chemical/toxic injury or thermal injury. Usually the patient presents with symptoms upon arrival to the health facility which includes pain, bleeding, swelling or loss of function of the affected organ.

Signs and Symptoms

Diagnostic Criteria

• Pain only, traumatic swelling, bruises with intact skin, cuts, abrasions, puncture wounds or open wounds of varying size and severity
• Injury to internal organs must be recognized and referred, including subtle

Signs of organ damage, e.g.:

o blood in the urine – kidney or bladder damage
o shock – internal bleeding
o blood or serous drainage from the ear or nose – skull base fracture

• An injury causing a sprain or strain may be initially overlooked. Exclude fractures by performing appropriate X-rays


• Closed injuries and fractures of long bones may be serious and damage blood vessels
• Contamination with dirt and soil complicates the outcome of treatment



• Immobilize injured limb after reduction by POP cast or splint
• Monitor vital signs
• Monitor the arterial pulse and capillary refill below an injury on the limb with swelling.

  • Pharmacological

  • Non-pharmacological


Updated on,

26 Novemba 2020 12:29:08


    1. STG
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