Blog

First Aid for Electrical Shocks
13 Oct

First Aid for Electrical Shocks


An electrical shock occurs when a person encounters a source of electricity. It may result in no injury, devastating damage, or death.

ELECTRICAL SHOCK

An electrical shock occurs when a person encounters a source of electricity. It may result in no injury, devastating damage, or death.

The term "Electrocution” actually means death by an electric shock.

Some factors that determine the severity of an electrical shock include: 

  1. :: The type of current, whether alternating or direct current
  2. :: The amount of the voltage, whether high or low.
  3. :: How the current traveled within the body
  4. :: The duration of the shock
  5. :: The individual's overall health
  6. :: How quickly the person is treated.

Electrical shocks may cause:

  1. :: Severe burns
  2. :: Confusion
  3. :: Difficulty breathing
  4. :: Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias)
  5. :: Cardiac arrest
  6. :: Muscle pain and contractions
  7. :: Seizures
  8. :: Loss of consciousness

 

FIRST AID FOR ELECTRICAL SHOCKS

Brief low-voltage shocks do not result in burns or further symptoms and thus may not require emergency care, but the casualty needs to be watched closely for any changes. 

When a person gets injured by contact with high voltage electricity, kindly follow the steps below while awaiting medical assistance:

  1. :: Do not touch the person if still in contact with the electricity.
  2. :: Call the emergency number if the source of the burn is a high-voltage wire or lightning.
  3. :: Do not go near high-voltage wires until the power is off.
  4. :: Do not move a person with an electrical injury unless the person is in immediate danger.
  5. :: Turn off the source of electricity, if possible. If not, move the source away from you and the person, using a dry, nonconducting object made of cardboard, plastic, or wood.
  6. :: Begin CPR if the person shows no signs of life, such as breathing, coughing, or movement.
  7. :: Try to prevent the injured person from becoming chilly.
  8. :: Apply a bandage. Cover any burned areas with a sterile gauze bandage, if available, or a clean cloth. Do not use a blanket or towel because its loose fibers can stick to the burns.

 

To learn more about first aid and basic emergency response, sign up to be trained as a Volunteer First Responder @www.tcerapp.org or call +2347089267337.

You can also send your contributions and questions to admin@tcerapp.org

Download the TCERA user app today! Available on the Google Play Store or Apple App store.

...TCERA, making every life count!

Newsletter Subscribe

Urgent 24/7 Emergency Response