Workplace First Aid Case Study – Electrical shock leads to uncontrolled, traumatic bleeding in an office environment.

Workplace First Aid Case Study
Electrical shock leads to uncontrolled, traumatic bleeding in an office environment.

Incident
An employee is moving into a new office cubicle and is under his desk connecting power cords to the electrical receptacle on the cubicle wall. While he plugs in one of the cords the employee’s hand slips, makes contact with one of the power cord’s prongs and receives a surprising shock. The employee reacts and accidentally drags his wrist over a loose corner of thin sheet metal near the electrical receptacle. The sharp corner of the sheet metal slices into the employee right wrist and cuts along the radial bone while the employee pulls away, severing the employee’s radial artery.  The employee was found kneeling on the floor of his cubicle screaming for help, grabbing his wrist with blood flowing rapidly from between his hand and his wrist onto the legs of his trousers and the floor.

Response
A nearby employee trained in first aid retrieved a tourniquet from the first aid kit mounted to the wall about thirty feet away. The tourniquet is applied on the forearm and within a few seconds of application and tightening the blood flow stops.  A sterile gauze is applied to the injury site and wrapped with a pressure dressing. A blanket was wrapped around the patient while waiting for EMS to arrive.

Outcome
EMS arrives twelve minutes from the time 911 was called. The patient is transported to a Level 1 trauma center where a surgical specialist is brought in to repair the patient’s arm and hand, The patient makes a full recovery with no loss of circulation, movement of sensation to his hand and fingers.

Teachable Moments
This case study illustrates the benefits of workplace first aid training. This outcome could have been much different if there was no employee trained in workplace first aid. The employee responding to the incident is aware of the tools available in the office first aid kit and is competent in delivering emergency workplace first aid.  Without this employee trained in workplace first aid the injured employee would have bled out and died before EMS arrived.  Are you interested in attending a class or scheduling a class for your organization? Please contact us here.