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

Special Circumstances

As mentioned previously, toddlers typically suffer from low-voltage electrical injuries.2,3 One particular type of injury specific to these children is a burn at the oral commissure as a result of chewing on an electrical cord. (See Figure 3.) It is essential to recognize that these children may experience lifethreatening hemorrhage 2 to 21 days from the time of injury if the eschar overlying the labial artery falls off.13 This type of burn can also lead to contraction, which limits mouth opening and results in future cosmetic deformities.

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