Spencer Smith, M.D., Emergency Medicine
South Jordan Health Center
With hunting season beginning soon, our physicians want to make sure you stay safe. Below are the top 10 reasons hunters end up in the emergency room:
1. Fall- falls from cliffs and tree stands.
2. Self-inflicted gunshot wounds- we often see these from hunters cleaning their guns.
3. ATV accidents- especially serious in those not wearing helmets.
4. Burns with lighter fluid- not uncommon for someone to spray lighter fluid on a fire, then that flame travels up the lighter fluid and the can explodes.
5. Rabies- Hunters get bored, shoot at raccoons, they get angry and attacks hunter. It happens.
6. Lightning strikes- Carrying a metal rod (i.e. gun) in a lightning storm is not a great idea.
7. Carbon monoxide poisoning- gets cold, put the propane stove in the tent, and this produces carbon monoxide.
8. Heart attacks- Hunting is often the most exercise a hunter gets over the course of a year. Not uncommon to have someone flown from the scene by AirMed with a heart attack after pursuing a deer. Sometimes the deer does win in hunting...
9. Hypothermia- It rains, hunters get wet, and with temperatures even in the 40s they can experience hypothermia and, on occasion, frostbite.
10. Alcohol + any of the above=not good: Alcohol + guns, alcohol + ATVs, alcohol + raccoons...often just seems to compound the problem.
Healthy Hunter’s Seminar
Are you physically ready for the big hunt?
September 28, October 5, 12, and 19
9:00 a.m. Scheels Training Room
Professional hunting health and safety advice from University of Utah Health Care expert
Free pre-hunting trip health checks
Every attendee receives a free gift!