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Wilderness: Electrical Injuries (cont.)

Electrical Injury Symptoms

  • Source and ground burns caused by electric current may be second to third degree and limited in size. If the current passes along the skin, the tissue may have extensive partial thickness burns (second degree).


  • People who have an electrical injury may be confused, be disoriented, suffer hearing loss, and feel weak.


  • Severe cases involve heartbeat irregularities or cause the heart to stop, requiring immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). 

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