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Case Studies: Case and Questions


You are dispatched to the home of a man who is said to have fallen from an one-story roof. You discuss the call with your partner en route and come up with four probable scenarios:

  • c-spine/head injury
  • multiple fractures
  • underlying medical problems
  • impaled objects

You arrive and find a 47-year-old male who is being attended to by his wife on the back patio. She is propping him up into a sitting position. He has extreme shortness of breath, is conscious but tired, and his skin is pale.

Chief Complaint/MOI
Shortness of breath, fell 14 feet onto a patio

Labored, at 30 breaths/min, he is in obvious respiratory distress.

Radial pulse is present, but weak

Mental Status
Concious, but appears tired. He remembers striking a tree branch on the way down

Skin Signs

Obvious Trauma
His only obvious injuries are a minor head laceration and a wound on the left anterior portion of his chest, which he is covering with his right hand. Blood is visible from under his hand

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