Last Updated: 2013-08-05
May be caused by exposure to high- or low-voltage electricity or lightning. Tasers may also cause a mild electrical injury.
Recognition of arrhythmias is an essential element of the initial evaluation of electrical injury.
Most electrical shocks cause no injury.
May cause electrical and thermal burns, and secondary injuries due to a fall, severe tetany, or the force of electrical blast.
Survivors of high-voltage electrical injury or lightning strikes can have long-term sequelae, and regular follow-up is essential.
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