People that are severely injured in an accident typically rely on medical professionals as well as advances in medical technology to save their lives. In fact, the more severely a person is injured, the more important it is that they get to effective medical treatment as quickly as possible in order to have any chance of survival. Over the years, advances in medicine and the technology that goes with it have improved to the point that even people who are severely injured often have a chance of survival if they are able to get to medical care soon enough.

There are typically only a handful of things that people who are injured have to worry about when it comes to life threatening injuries. While accidents can occur in practically any way and include a countless number of different variables, there are certain things that are immediately life threatening. Virtually everything else can successfully be treated and does not necessarily have to be treated immediately following the accident as long as prompt medical attention is made available.

For the most part, the things that are the most concerning when it comes to traumatic injuries is whether or not a person is bleeding and if so, how severely. In addition, it is important to know if the individual in question is able to breathe adequately and if not, to determine why in order to find an avenue to effectively correct the problem. People that have been injured in an accident should be expected to be in shock, which is effectively the body’s way of trying to deal with serious and unexpected injuries. The problem is that once the body goes into shock, it is very difficult for the body to overcome it on its own and therefore, problems tend to get worse until medical intervention is made on behalf of the patient. There are many different types of shock, with the most common being shock due to loss of blood or shock due to significant injuries which make it virtually impossible for the body's vital organs to function normally. Both can be corrected if caught early enough and the right intervention is taken but a patient who may otherwise survive an accident can certainly die from shock if the condition is not treated rapidly.

However, it should not be assumed that these are the only things that require advances in medicine when it comes to people that are injured. People who suffer from head injuries or who have significant injuries to vital organs are in dire need of medical intervention and they rely on the advances in medical technology that are now present in order to save their lives. Without these advances, injuries like these would almost certainly be fatal. However, it is now possible to stop significant bleeding and even help people that cannot breathe get the oxygen that they need before it is too late. Moreover, people that get to a medical facility quickly enough who have head injuries or injuries to other vital organs now have the opportunity to become a survivor because of the advances in medicine that are directly tied to new surgical techniques and treatment procedures.

In the field, the two most important things that have to be considered besides shock are bleeding and airway management. A person that is bleeding significantly only has a few minutes before they lose too much blood to survive unless the bleeding is stopped. Advances in medicine have made this possible by making compounds available which can simply be sprinkled on to the area that is bleeding in order to clot the blood almost instantly. This works even for arterial bleeding, which is the severest form of bleeding and the form that must be dealt with before anything else. In addition, breathing treatments and better monitoring of a patient's breathing are available, all with the intent of helping people who are having difficulty breathing get the oxygen they need. In cases where this is due to some type of traumatic event, two different forms of treatment can be taken, depending on the injury. Physical injuries can be dealt with by relieving pressure in the chest that typically occurs after blunt force trauma. The release of this pressure allows patients to once again take a deep breath and also allows their lungs to fully inflate, which can be a lifesaving measure. By the same token, patients that are unable to get the oxygen they need because they have been involved in a fire and are suffering from hydrogen cyanide poisoning as a result of smoke inhalation can now be saved thanks to advances in medications that are available. This used to be a certain death sentence because it prevented the oxygen from reaching a patient's cells, regardless of how much oxygen was made available. However, specialized kits are now available that are administered in single use needles that are injected directly into the thigh. With swift administration, the effects of hydrogen cyanide poisoning can be reversed in order to save a patient's life.

In the hospital, patients that are suffering from serious head injuries can be saved by relieving the pressure on the brain. This may be accomplished through a combination of drug therapy and physically relieving the pressure on the brain by temporarily removing a piece of the skull in order to allow the brain to swell without being compressed. In addition, other vital organs that are injured can also be properly treated in situations that used to be virtually untreatable. Patients with penetrating injuries or blunt force trauma to vital organs such as the heart or the lungs now have the potential to survive because of advances in treatment methods that allow surgeons to successfully treat these types of injuries. The same can be said for injuries to the kidneys or in some cases, even the liver.

All of these advances in technology mean that more patients that suffer significant injuries of all types have a better potential for survival. In fact, many patients that would have not survived only a few short years ago now have the opportunity to fully recover and go on living normal lives, even in the face of a tragic accident.

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