Electrical injury

Author: MUDr. Olga Smékalová, Martina Šablaturová

Institution: Faculty of Medicine at Masaryk University in Brno

Medical discipline: Emergency Medicine

Keywords: cardiac rhythm disturbances | asystole | ventricular fibrillation | burns

Educational evel: Undergraduate level | Graduate

The Injury caused by an electric current can often threaten a human life. We would like to demonstrate how to act when you witness this kind of accident.

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The presented algorithm is concise, well-arranged and clearly covers issues of first aid for electric shock injury. It takes in account a safety of rescuer, mentions Basic Life Support and creates continuity to other algorithms of cardiopulmonal resuscitation. Furthermore, the algorithm deals with problems of burns and their initial treatment.
The issue of arrythmias including observation and therapy could be mentioned in case of additional extension of this algorithm. The follow-up can be created with the algorithm of first aid for treatment of fractures.
The algorithm of electric shock injury completes the range of procedures, which have been already processed.

publikováno: 22. 12. 2012 | last modified on: 27. 10. 2019