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Medical Emergency of the Day: Electrical shock

Overview

 
1. The danger from an electrical shock depends on the type of current, how high the voltage is, how the current traveled through the body, the person's overall health and how quickly the person is treated.

When to Call a Doctor

Call emergency number if any of these signs and symptoms occur:
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Cardiac arrest.
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Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias).
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Respiratory failure.
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Muscle pain and contractions.
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Burns.
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Seizures.
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Numbness and tingling.
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Unconsciousness.

Actions to be taken

While waiting for medical help, follow these steps:
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Look first. Don't touch. The person may still be in contact with the electrical source. Touching the person may pass the current through you.
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Turn off the source of electricity, if possible. If not, move the source away from you and the person, using a dry, nonconducting object made of cardboard, plastic or wood.
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Prevent shock. Lay the person down and, if possible, position the head slightly lower than the trunk with the legs elevated.
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After coming into contact with electricity, the person should see a doctor to check for internal injuries, even if he or she has no obvious signs or symptoms.
Caution
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Don't touch the person with your bare hands if he or she is still in contact with the electrical current.
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Don't get near high-voltage wires until the power is turned off. Stay at least 20 feet away — farther if wires are jumping and sparking.
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Don't move a person with an electrical injury unless the person is in immediate danger.