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Pediatric Electrical Injuries in the Emergency Department: An Evidence-Based Review (Trauma CME)

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  • Electrical exposures include low-voltage (<1000 V), high-voltage (>1000 V), and lightning injuries. Each pose different consequences as a result of varying current, voltage, and duration of contact time (see Table 2), so it is important to gather as much history as possible to help guide management.
  • Consider an electrical source in patients found injured or unresponsive near a power source or open field, or if a suspicious injury is present such as an entry/exit burn, Lichtenberg figure, ruptured tympanic membrane, or oral commissure burn. (See Table 3.)
  • Patients may have injuries from the electrical source or secondary to the initial event that necessitate a full trauma evaluation and/or burn center referral.
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Authors

Kathryn Schissler, DO; Carla Pruden, MD, MPH, CHSE

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Wendy C. Coates, MD; Rachel Long, DO

Publication Date

December 2, 2021

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December 2, 2024

Pub Med ID: 34787993

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