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General First Aid Information

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First Aid for Electrical Burn Victims

 

Electrical burns vary in severity depending upon:

how long the body is in contact with the electric current;
the strength of the current;
the type of current; and
the direction the current takes through the body.

Often these burns are deep. There may be more than one area burned. One area may be where the current entered the body and another may be where it left. Electrical burn wounds may look minor on the outside, but could be severe on the inside.

If a person has received an electrical burn, check for shock and follow the steps outlined above. If the person is conscious and there are no signs of shock (such as being cold, clammy, pale and having a rapid pulse), begin treating the burned area. Do not apply grease or oil to the burn. Cover the burn with a dry, sterile dressing, but do not cool the burn. Keep the victim from getting chilled. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.

 


 
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