Last Updated on Feb 21, 2011

 
Overview

  • Injuries caused when electric current passes through body
  • Source may be natural or man-made





What happens during electric shock?

  • Makes you fall down
  • Muscle contraction
  • Seizures

  • During Electric Shock: Seizures

  • Dehydration
  • Burns 
  • Fractures

  • During Electric Shock: Fractures

  • Clotting of blood
  • Tissue death (narcosis)
  • Respiratory/Heart/Kidney failure

  • During Electric Shock: Kidney Failure

 

Steps to follow
  • Do not attempt to move the victim from current source
  • First step is to switch off the current source
  • Otherwise, move the source using a wooden stick 
  • Attend to the victim
  • Check for breathing
  • No breathing, do Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Call emergency medical aid
  • If breathing, do a physical examination 

  • Steps to Follow: Physical Examination

  • Treat for minor burns
  • Re-establish vital functions
  • Excessive burns may require hospitalization/ surgery
  • Supportive care must be provided
 

Prevention
  • Proper design, installation, maintenance of electric devices 
  • Educating the public regarding electrical devices
  • Keep electrical gadgets out of children’s reach 
  • Learn to respect electricity and electrical devices

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Comments

KAUSHIKKUMAR, India

such a nice information

doctorme, Sri Lanka

I believe prevention is better than cure.So it is a very good thing to include how to avoid those accidents along with how to take action when you face an incident.

Rameen, Pakistan

scientist should search for an alternative source of energy comparable to dangerous human lives-the electric energy.