Don’t lose a limb this Christmas

A paper in the MJA has described five severe injuries treated in just 10 days over the Christmas and New Year period last year at the Royal Perth Hospital.

These include the case of a 23-year-old man who was injured while riding jet-skis with his colleagues after a Christmas party.

Two of the jet-skis collided at high speed crushing the man’s leg below the knee and “only a small bridge of skin remained”.

In other cases, a 35-year-old man’s leg was caught by the propeller of his newly acquired speedboat as he attempted to connect its anchor, while a 21-year-old woman suffered severe lacerations to her legs while trying to climb into a power boat.

She was being towed on a large rubber tube, fell off, and then came into contact with the propeller as the boat stopped to retrieve her.

“Watercraft and propeller injuries are often characterised by severe initial injury and physiological insult, including