Feb 14, 2018

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: This Valentine's Day we're going to pretend, just for a second, that Cupid shot people with real arrows and not just magical arrows of love. So what should you do if you got hit? Dr. Troy Madsen's an emergency room physician. So if I get hit with an arrow, should I try to pull it out, leave it in, push it through like I see in the movies? What do you do?

Dr. Madsen: Well, you know, I've never actually seen someone come in who's been shot by Cupid's arrow, but I do see a lot of people in the ER, over the years, who have come in with different sorts of foreign objects that have impaled them, whether in the chest or the leg. So my piece of advice would be, don't do like you see in the movies. Don't just pull it out or push it through the other side. Leave it in place. And the reason for that is, it could be up against a vessel in the leg, the abdomen, the chest, could have partially torn that vessel. If you pull it out, all that blood's going to release. So get to the ER, get it evaluated. We'll figure out where it is and get you the help you need for that.

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