Crush injury

  • Definition

    A crush injury occurs when a body part is subjected to a high degree of force or pressure, usually after being squeezed between two heavy objects.

    Damage related to crush injuries include:

    • Bleeding
    • Bruising
    • Compartment syndrome (increased pressure in an arm or leg that causes serious muscle, nerve, blood vessel, and tissue damage)
    • Fracture
    • Laceration (open wound)
    • Nerve injury
    • Secondary infection

    See also:

    • Smashed fingers
    • Wounds