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Electrical injury

  • Alternative Names

    Electrical shock


    Prevention
    • Avoid electrical hazards at home and at work. Always follow manufacturer's safety instructions when using electrical appliances
    • Avoid using electrical appliances while showering or wet
    • Keep children away from electrical devices, especially those that are plugged in
    • Keep electrical cords out of children's reach
    • Never touch electrical appliances while touching faucets or cold water pipes
    • Teach children about the dangers of electricity
    • Use child safety plugs in all outlets

    References

    Fish RM. Electrical injuries. In: Tintinalli JE, Kelen GD, Stapczynski JS, Ma OJ, Cline DM, eds. Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. 6th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2004: chap 201.

    Schwartz LR, Balakrishnan C. Thermal burns. In: Tintinalli JE, Kelen GD, Stapczynski JS, Ma OJ, Cline DM, eds. Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. 6th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2004: chap 199.

    Price TG, Cooper MA. Electrical and lightning injuries. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 140.