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<< An Evidence-Based Approach To Electrical Injuries In Children (Trauma CME)

Emergency Department Evaluation

The history for a patient who has sustained an electrical injury may not be available, since the victim may be unconscious or in shock.1 If possible, gather information from any bystanders and EMS providers about the electrical source (eg, low voltage vs high voltage), the duration of contact, and the scene where the event occurred. These clues are helpful in assessing the patient’s risk of developing complications.

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