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Electrial Injuries - GENERAL


  Background:

Electrical injuries are infrequent but will be eventually encountered by most practitioners of emergency medicine. These injuries run a gamut of both diagnostic and treatment modalities. Generally, they may be classified as lightning, low voltage and high voltage.

High Voltage (and, Occasionally, Low Voltage With Flash Burns):

  • Flash or Thermal Burns:
  • Arc Burns:
  • Contact Burns:
  • Documenting the Types of Burns:
  • Lightning:

Causes:

  • Lightning
  • High Voltage AC
  • Low Voltage ACP
  • DC

Lab Studies:

  • Blood Work
  • Chest X-Rays
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)

Treatment:

  • Surgical
  • Medical
  • Physical Medicine Rehabilitation