“They’re shocking, they’re scary, they’re painful and they can strike at any moment – I’m talking about accidents,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
From accidental electrocution to head injuries, home workout disasters and more, The Doctors issue a warning about some of the most frightening and dangerous accidents waiting to happen. Learn vital tips and lessons to avoid one of these accidents from hurting you or someone you love.
In the Wake of a Disaster
Hurricane Sandy struck the northeast seaboard of the United States on October 29, 2012. Just over a week later, cleanup is underway with the help of state and federal efforts, and humanitarian organizations; however, as hurricanes Rita and Katrina showed in the past, devastation continues long after a storm subsides. Thousands of people have been displaced by wind, fire and flood damage, while the death toll has climbed to more than 100 and many citizens still remain missing.
The Doctors discuss what cautionary measures should be taken after experiencing hurricane weather conditions and how to keep you and your loved ones safe.
To donate to victims of Hurricane Sandy, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for other ways you can assist those affected by the disaster. You can also text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The need for humanitarian and financial aid is great, so please consider donating today.
• More safety tips on hurricanes and other natural disasters.
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Icy Medical Mistake
An unconscious U.S. Army veteran was recovering from penile implant replacement surgery when a nurse accidentally left an icepack on his groin for 19 straight hours. The frigid mishap caused extreme frostbite to the area and a significant portion of the man’s penis had to be surgically removed.
Dr. Travis explains how ice, when applied to the body, constricts blood vessels and decreases blood flow, which can help constrain the body’s inflammatory response; however, when icing a swollen area, it’s imperative to remove the ice pack after 10 to 15 minutes. If ice is left on any appendage for too long, there is risk of frostbite occurring.
“Use some sort of barrier,” Dr. Travis adds. “You don’t want ice directly on your skin.”
• More on preventing medical mistakes.
Accidents Caught on Tape!
“Accidents will always happen, but when a negligent error changes a person’s life forever, it’s hard to look away,” Dr. Travis says.
• See pop star Katy Perry's accidental swimsuit malfunction!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that accidents account for about 30 million emergency room visits every year. Unintentional injuries are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for more mortality rates than diabetes.
Watch an incredibly close call as one motorist falls asleep while driving a scooter and almost runs head-on into an oncoming tractor trailer!
College freshmen Tanner and Zack were out hiking when they happened upon a rope-swing in a nearby tree. Tanner climbed the tree and attempted to swing from the rope, while Zack planned to tape the stunt. What happened next was anything but planned.
Tanner and Zack join The Doctors via Polycom video to recount the incident and explain their motivation behind the act.
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Shock of a Lifetime
In August 2012, sisters Bianca and Tiffany Cruz were swimming in their backyard pool. It was a normal Saturday afternoon until an unforeseen accident occurred. While Tiffany was in the shallow end of the pool, Bianca took a dive into the deep end and received an electrical jolt. The current was thought to be caused by a pool light that was supposedly disconnected.
Tiffany watched her sister’s body go limp and motionless. She screamed out for help and her father, Julio, quickly came to Bianca’s aid. He pulled his daughter’s unresponsive body from the pool, feeling shocks shoot through his hands in the process. Julio immediately started CPR on Bianca while his wife, Bertha, called 911; however, by the time police and paramedics arrived, Bianca had no pulse. Luckily, a defibrillator was able to revive Bianca, and paramedics believed that her father’s CPR helped save her life.
Bertha, Julio and Bianca join The Doctors to recount that fateful and terrifying day. Dr. Travis explains how the human body is a conduit for electrical currents and how electric shock affects the body.
Dr. Sears adds that any electrical system that was installed 40 or more years ago should be inspected to make sure it is up to code. In the case of the Cruz’s pool, which was constructed in 1957, Dr. Sears advises that any circuits near the pool or any water source should be equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) that will shut off automatically in the event of water coming in contact with a live wire.
• How to protect and save someone from electrocution.
The Doctors and Liz weigh in on other potential accidents lurking in your home.