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How can you tell the extent of an electric shock injury?

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In brief: Difficult

Initially may not be obvious.
Superficially numbness and thick tissue may be third degree and need escharotomy or debridement some high voltage may look like a shark bite with gaping tissue internal damage needs to be looked for.

In brief: Difficult

Initially may not be obvious.
Superficially numbness and thick tissue may be third degree and need escharotomy or debridement some high voltage may look like a shark bite with gaping tissue internal damage needs to be looked for.
Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Vasu Brown
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In brief: Range minimal-death

The spectrum of electrical injury is very broad, ranging from minimal injury to severe multiorgan involvement, with both occult and delayed complications, to death.
The temperature of an electrical arc can reach 2500-5000o c, resulting in deep thermal burns where it contacts the skin. These are high-voltage injuries that may cause both thermal and flame burns in addition to injury directly.

In brief: Range minimal-death

The spectrum of electrical injury is very broad, ranging from minimal injury to severe multiorgan involvement, with both occult and delayed complications, to death.
The temperature of an electrical arc can reach 2500-5000o c, resulting in deep thermal burns where it contacts the skin. These are high-voltage injuries that may cause both thermal and flame burns in addition to injury directly.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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