What is the initial evaluation and treatment of electrical burns?

Updated: Jan 10, 2018
  • Author: Robert L Sheridan, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Compartment syndrome, cardiac arrhythmia, or myoglobinuria is uncommon in patients exposed to less than 500 volts, although patients sustaining midrange injuries (200-1000 V) can have destructive local injuries. High-voltage injuries are commonly associated with loss of consciousness, falls, fractures, myoglobinuria, compartment syndrome, and arrhythmia, and these individuals should be treated as trauma patients.


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