How does direct current cause electrical injuries?

Updated: Mar 09, 2020
  • Author: Tracy A Cushing, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAWM; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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DC injuries are generally encountered when the third energized rail of an electrical train system is contacted while the person is grounded. This sets up a circuit of electric current through the victim, causing severe electrothermal burns and myonecrosis. [2]

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