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Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2011 Oct 25;19:63. doi: 10.1186/1757-7241-19-63.

Survival following a vertical free fall from 300 feet: the crucial role of body position to impact surface.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Denver Health Medical Center, University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine, 777 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204, USA.

Abstract

We report the case of a 28-year old rock climber who survived an "unsurvivable" injury consisting of a vertical free fall from 300 feet onto a solid rock surface. The trauma mechanism and injury kinetics are analyzed, with a particular focus on the relevance of body positioning to ground surface at the time of impact. The role of early patient transfer to a level 1 trauma center, and "damage control" management protocols for avoiding delayed morbidity and mortality in this critically injured patient are discussed.

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22027092
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PMC3212924
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10.1186/1757-7241-19-63
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