Electric Shock (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
For a high-voltage shocks (over 500 volts or a lightning strike) call 911. If you or the patient is unsure of the voltage exposure, seek medical care.
Following a low-voltage shock, call the doctor or go to an emergency room for the following reasons:
Electric Shock Diagnosis
At the emergency department, the doctor's primary concern is to determine if significant unseen injury exists. Injury may occur to muscles, the heart, or the brain from the electricity or to any bones or other organs from being thrown or burned from the electric source.
The doctor may order various tests depending on the history and physical examination. Tests may include any or none of the following:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/10/2015
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