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electric shock

shock caused by electric current passing through the body.
Common points of entry and exit for electrical burns. Severe internal damage can occur between these points. From Frazier et al., 2000.
The longer the contact with electricity, the smaller the chance of survival. The victim's breathing may stop, and the body may appear stiff. In giving first aid, first the electric contact is broken as quickly as possible; this must be done with care so that the rescuer does not have exposure to the current. The rescuer, keeping in mind that water and metals are conductors of electricity, stands on a dry surface and does not touch the victim or electric wire with the bare hands. If the victim has stopped breathing and has no pulse, cardiopulmonary resuscitation is begun immediately.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

electric shock

the sum of immediate and delayed pathophysiologic responses of living tissue to a current of electricity of sufficient magnitude to induce abnormal sensations (for example, paresthesia, pain) or objective changes (for example, muscle spasm, cardiac arrhythmia, neurologic impairment including coma, tissue damage).
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

e·lec·tric shock

(ĕ-lek'trik shok)
A traumatic state following the passage of an electrical current through the body.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

e·lec·tric shock

(ĕ-lek'trik shok)
Sum of immediate and delayed pathophysiologic responses of living tissue to electrical current of sufficient magnitude to induce abnormal sensations or objective changes.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

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In most cases electrical injuries leads to devastating results.
Accidental electrical injuries have devastating complications in term of mortality and morbidity.
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Besides physical exam and laboratory tests, US and CT are essential in early diagnosis of electrical injuries, allowing an early intervention, which results in reduction in mortality and morbidity.
A prospective study of myocardial damage in electrical injuries. J Trauma.
The hands and fingers (65%) of the upper extremities are the most common sites involved in electrical injuries, whereas soles and toes (17%) of lower extremities are the frequent sites for exit wounds [Table 2].
Vascular lesions in acute electrical injuries. J Trauma.
While some electrical injuries may appear to be outwardly minor, serious internal damage might be present, especially injury to the heart, muscles, and brain (5,6)
Regarding the causes of burns, the current study showed that males were more frequently affected by electrical injuries or scald/hot water (100% and 55.0%) than females.
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