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Ann Burns Fire Disasters. 2013 Sep 30;26(3):121-5.

High voltage electrical burn injuries in teenage children: case studies with similarities (an Indian perspective).

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  • 1Childs Trust Medical Research Foundation and Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital, Chennai, India.


in English, French

From 1992 to 2012, a total of 911 paediatric burns were admitted and treated at Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital Intensive Burn Care Unit, of these 28 children had suffered electrical injuries and burns. 7 teenagers suffered high voltage electrical burn injuries: 2 were involved in train accidents which caused fatal electrical injuries, and 5 had electrical burn injuries caused by similar types of accidents, requiring Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) care, repeated surgeries and extensive rehabilitation. A common factor among these latter 5 patients was that they were injured by overhead high electrical voltage cables. Their management was labour intensive and highly costly. In this report, the type of accident, the electrical voltage that produced burns and the treatment details are elaborated. Findings included similarities in age and type of accident, and failure to implement safety procedures and apply standard norms of high voltage transmission feeder lines.


burn treatment; burns in teenage children; electrical burns; high voltage burn injury

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