First Aid for Electrical Shock

  posted by: Rio Dianne

 

 

first aid for electrical shockIn a case where an electric current flows through a person’s body, an electrical shock occurs.  Generally, our body makes a good conductor for electricity and having to suffer electrocution can really be very fatal. Moreover, this can happen to all ages, however, children and toddlers are more prone to suffer from this incident as they love sticking their hands anywhere including the power outlet and sockets.  According to e-medicine, wall outlets are 15 percent responsible for this injury among children.  You may have had minor electric shocks at some point in your lives and oftentimes the effects weren’t too alarming.  However, in severe cases of electric shocks, one must know the basic first aid to help the victim.  Stick with us as we’ll tell you the first aid for electrical shock.

First Aid for Electrical Shock

As soon as you’ve seen the patient, ask for medical treatment immediately if the following symptoms occur including:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Heart rhythm irregularities
  • Seizures
  • Burns
  • Respiratory failure
  • Numbness or tingling sensation

After you’ve sought medical attention, then that is the time when first aid should be administered.  Do some of the tips below:

  1. Never touch the victim as he still has the electrical source within.  The current may be passed through you.
  2. Shut down the source of electrical power.  In instances where you can’t do this, stay away from the source through the use of non-conductors such as wood, or plastic.
  3. Check for airway, breathing, and circulation.  If these appear to be absent, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately.
  4. Prevent shock and administer first aid for shock by positioning the head lower than the trunk and elevating the legs.
  5. Check the body for burn injuries.  Cover the burn areas with sterile dressings loosely.

These are some of the first aid for electrical shock.  When addressing this circumstance, one should stay calm and do not panic for the first aid to be administered properly.

 

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