Daily Archives: June 29, 2019

We know what happens when a finger goes in front of a 4000 psi pressure washer now :( Pics not for everyone

20190625_105558-smMonday. Hubby was washing out a fabric-like sleeve when either the water pressure either blew it out of his hand or the wand came out of the end and sliced his finger open when his finger went in front of a 4000psi pressure washer.

Where it blew open his finger was not the main problem. It forced air and dirty water into his finger and it instantly his finger blew up in size and then turned blue.

We were at the emergency room within 10 minutes. We sat in the waiting room for over SIX hours. They did say they broke a record with 17 ER check-ins within an hour. The swelling went down a bit then when it started to come back we finally made it to a room to find out that high-pressure water injuries can cause compartment syndrome and are often worse than they look. We read to seek immediate medical attention, and that almost 30% of these high-pressure water injuries end in amputation and that it is indeed worse than it appears. While sitting so long in the waiting room he was wishing he’d squeezed it right when it happened and poured some peroxide over it. That, or wore gloves or bought a  new sleeve. Although his pressure washer will write works in concrete so  I’m not sure gloves would’ve totally helped.

Continue reading