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Mumbai construction worker injured after falling from fifth floor

ANI | Updated: May 26, 2018 12:39 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 26 (ANI): Twenty-one-year-old construction worker Nijam Alam Mohammad was severely injured after falling from the fifth floor of a building where he was working.
Doctors attending to him found the young man gasping for breath and experiencing low oxygen in the blood. He had sustained severe injuries to his lungs and air was trapped on the left side of his chest, causing increased pressure on the heart, and hypotension.
In order to save him, a tube was inserted into the chest within minutes of arrival after which the air was drained out.
Further tests were conducted to understand if he had sustained any other internal injuries. A CT scan revealed trauma to both lungs, for which the patient had to be put on ventilator support. He was monitored closely by ICU staff and nurses; he responded well, and his condition stabilised.
Talking about the case, Dr Sandeep Gore, Head of Emergency Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, "If a patient is rushed into a well-equipped emergency room, diagnosed appropriately and receives right treatment, his/her life can be saved. If not treated in time, the patient may succumb to injuries. Chest trauma can happen if one suffers a fall, gets into a motor vehicle accident or tries to self-harm. The death rate can be as high as 60 percent in such cases. Thus, timely intervention and clinical diagnosis is very important in saving one's life".
Over 25 percent of deaths are caused due to traumatic injuries. A chest injury is also known as chest trauma, which is any form of physical injury to the chest including the heart, ribs and lungs. It is the third most common cause of death due to trauma. (ANI)