“What Would You Do?” Wednesday – Kayaker with Shoulder Injury

Ok, this video makes me cringe.

Now that I’ve got that out-of-the-way, happy Wednesday!  That means its time, once again, for “What Would You Do?” Wednesday, where I give you a virtual patient through the magic of YouTube, and you tell me how you’d manage it.

Today, our patient is a kayaker.  It seems he came through a rapid awkwardly, and has hurt his shoulder.  Take a watch!

Ouch.  Ouch, ouch, ouch.

Now, I understand that this video doesn’t do much as far as giving you a look at signs/symptoms, or even the injury itself.  So, I’m going to give it away–this is a shoulder dislocation.

What I want from you is your strategy for managing a dislocated shoulder in this situation.  What are you looking out for?  What are some red flags you may want to think about?  Share your thoughts with me, either in the comments or on twitter using the handle #wwydwednesday.

I’ll share my thoughts in a couple of days!

While we’re thinking about this, I think I’m going to start doing “What Would You Do” Wednesday every other week.  That way, I can post a video on one Wednesday and write-up my thoughts the following week.  So, you get a better, more considered thought process from me, and I don’t have to come up with 8 blog posts per month!

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Author: Ethan Zook

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