Deep angle grinder injury!
A deep laceration caused by the grinding disk of an angle grinder resulted in the recent admission of a steel worker to the ER. The laceration covered an area of 8 cm and due to the associated vessel injury, required the application of pressure in the form of a pressure bandage and elevation of the limb in order to manage the bleeding. The patient was rapidly assessed, then rushed into theatre to minimize the risk of losing his arm.
After a successful emergency vascular repair, with no neuro-vascular compromise noted post-surgery, the wound was dressed and the arm placed in a back slab to prevent the possibility of further injury. The patient was discharged a few days later with no impairment.
Whenever you use a power tool, you must use personal protective clothing and equipment that is appropriate for the task! Always play safe!