How to remove an impaled object
Impalement injuries are thankfully, very rare. Despite this, it’s still important to know what to do in case this happens, because depending on the severity of the injury, it can quickly become a life-or-death situation.
Here are some important things to remember:
1. Assess the injury
First off, you should check the person’s overall condition as well as their injury. Check to see if they are conscious, breathing, and if they are able to move. Next, check the injury itself. Take note of where the injury is, the depth of impalement, and what object has been impaled.
It is important to provide this information as soon as you call for help, so that the paramedics know what to expect with regard to the injury1.
2. Call for help as soon as possible
Impalement is a serious injury, so you should call for help as soon as possible. Be sure to be as accurate as you can when providing your location, so that help can arrive quickly.
As much as possible try to avoid taking the person directly to the hospital, since moving around could cause further injury. Only do so if you can’t call for help and have no other options.
3. Do not remove the impaled object
You should never, under any circumstances, remove the impaled object on your own2. This is because in an impalement injury, the impaled object can act as a “plug” that helps stop bleeding. If you pull out the object, what could happen is that the injured person could bleed out.