What is included in the long-term monitoring of 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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Patients exposed to low-voltage electrical sources who are otherwise completely asymptomatic with a normal physical examination can often be discharged from the emergency department.

Patients with minor burns or mild symptoms can be observed for several hours and discharged if their symptoms resolve and they do not have elevated CPK/myoglobinuria. Patients should be made aware of possible long-term neurologic or ocular effects of electrical injuries, and have follow-up available as needed. Significant hand burns should be referred to a hand specialist for close follow-up.


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