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Electrical Injuries

  • Roshen Maharaj
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Abstract

  • The type and severity of electrical injury are dependent on the voltage, type and strength of current, resistance to flow, duration of contact and pathway of electrical current.

  • Alternating current (AC) is more dangerous than direct current (DC) at the same voltage, because of the risk of muscle tetany and prolonged contact.

  • Patients who sustain low voltage electrocution and are asymptomatic with a normal physical exam and electrocardiography (ECG) can be safely discharged from the emergency department (ED) without ancillary testing.

Keywords

Cardiac Arrest Ventricular Fibrillation Compartment Syndrome Alternate Current Blunt Trauma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Emergency DepartmentKing Dinuzulu HospitalDurbanSouth Africa

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