Risks and management of prolonged suspension in an Alpine harness.

  title={Risks and management of prolonged suspension in an Alpine harness.},
  author={Roger B. Mortimer},
  journal={Wilderness & environmental medicine},
  volume={22 1},
Suspension trauma is a state of shock induced by passive hanging. Those who survive passive suspension are at risk for rhabdomyolysis. In a wilderness setting, one can see this in cases of persons suspended on rope by their harness. In a conscious person, leg movements work the venous pump to return blood to the central circulation. In the person passively hanging, blood pools in the legs leading to hypoperfusion of vital organs. In the experimental setting, passive hanging has led to… CONTINUE READING


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