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Crush Syndrome in the rural setting
  1. Darryl Wood1,
  2. Katherine Rosedale2
  1. 1Ngwelezane Hospital Emergency Unit, Empangeni, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
  2. 2Chesterfield Royal Hospital Anaesthetic Department, Chesterfield Royal Hospital, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Darryl Wood, Private Bag X 20021, Empangeni 3880, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa; darryl.wood{at}

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Crush syndrome (CS) a form of traumatic rhabdomyolysis, can have fatal consequences often because the early manifestations are not recognised and there are delays in appropriate treatment. Recent publications on CS in the Emergency Medicine Journal have reported cases following earthquakes in China.1 2 These studies highlighted the prolonged exposure of patients to crushing injuries before getting in-hospital medical …

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the Ngwelezane Hospital local ethics committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.