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

Diagnostic Studies

Controversy exists regarding recommended ancillary testing for patients with electrical exposures. The diagnostic evaluation depends on the type of voltage exposure and the extent of injury. Children with minor household electrical exposures (lowvoltage) who are asymptomatic may not require laboratory evaluation, cardiac evaluation, or hospitalization.3 In a retrospective review by Garcia et al, none of the 70 children who experienced minor events had complications, and they could have been managed effectively as outpatients.20

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