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Wilderness: Electrical Injuries (cont.)


Electrical Injuries Treatment

  • Electrical burns should be treated appropriately.
  • If the person with the electrical injury is near the power source (such as a live wire), do not approach. Call 911.
  • Unconscious people with electrical injuries should be assessed for CPR needs.
  • If significant electrical injury has occurred, the neck and back should be protected from further injury. Try to avoid moving the injured person.

When to Seek Medical Care for Electrical Injuries

  • All people who have an electrical injury with significant burns, even if the burn area is small, should be evaluated for muscle injury.
  • All burns around the mouth, especially in small children, require medical evaluation.

For More Information on Electrical Injuries

MedlinePlus, Electrical injury

MedlinePlus, Burns

Medically reviewed by Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine


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