Podcast #257: Strangulation - The Emergency Medical Minute

Educational Pearls

  • Strangulation is common in cases of domestic violence and sexual assault, and it is associated with higher mortality
  • People who have been strangled have a higher rate of stroke due to vascular damage to carotid artery
  • Only 50% of people who die from strangulation show external signs of trauma
  • CTA should be done in all those who experience LOC or incontinence from strangulation  
  • 50-60sec of strangulation is all that is required to produce LOC

References: http://epmonthly.com/article/clinical-focus-strangulation-and-hanging-injuries/

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