Wednesday, October 31, 2007


There seems to have been some scepticism regarding my earlier post about the guy who survived a three-story jump unscathed. However, it was quite true -- I was part of the trauma team that evaluated him. Admittedly, he was complaining of some moderate knee pain, but otherwise we couldn't find any serious problems. (Physically, anyway; his next stop was the inpatient psychiatric unit.)

Falls are unpredictable things. People have survived falls from airplanes without parachutes, while just a few days ago I saw someone who was in the ER because of a fall from a chair. The traditional rule of thumb is that a three-story fall is usually survivable, while a four-story fall usually isn't.



At November 1, 2007 at 4:39 AM , Blogger kirelimel said...

Hey! France does have a million frenchmen!

At November 2, 2007 at 8:41 AM , Blogger Tom said...

From this we are perhaps to learn that falls from even-numbered floors are more dangerous than odd-numbered floors. Or that falls from floors numbered with prime numbers are less hazardous. It is an under-appreciated fact that falling from buildings is more dangerous outside North America, because their first floor is one up from their ground floor. And don't forget that falling from the 13th floor is far less hazardous in older buildings.


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