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Emerg Med Pract. 2018 Nov 1;20(Suppl 11):1-2.

Points & Pearls: Electrical injuries in the emergency department: an evidence-based review

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1
Associate Professor, Research Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Oklahoma University School of Community Medicine, the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK
2
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Oklahoma University School of Community Medicine, the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK
3
EMS Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
4
Department of Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Abstract

Electrical injuries can be caused by exposure to current from low-voltage and high-voltage sources as well as lightning strikes, and the circumstances of the exposure will dictate management strategies. Human tissues have varying resistance characteristics and susceptibility to damage, so injuries may be thermal, electrical, and/or mechanical, potentially causing burns, thrombosis, tetany, falls, and blast injury. This issue reviews the types of trauma seen with electrical injury and how body systems can be affected by occult or delayed effects, and the optimal evidence-based resuscitation and management strategies associated with each. [Points & Pearls is a digest of Emergency Medicine Practice.].

PMID:
30383348
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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