This post is for my readers located near large bodies of water!
Personal watercraft use exploded a decade ago, and they are still heavily used for recreation and vacation fun. However, speed and people don’t always mix well. Here’s an interesting case to ponder.
An 18 year old woman was the rear passenger on a jet ski traveling at a high rate of speed (of course). She fell off and was plucked out of the water by the driver. After riding for another 30 minutes, they headed to shore. A short while later, she began experiencing vague lower abdominal discomfort. This slowly progressed throughout the afternoon, becoming more severe.
She presents to your ED, looking uncomfortable and slightly ill. Here are some questions to ponder:
- What injuries are you concerned about?
- What diagnostics are appropriate?
- If surgery is required, what are the appropriate approaches and procedures?
Please comment below, or tweet your thoughts. Answers tomorrow!