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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).
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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

Patient discussion about electric shock

Q. Is electric shock efficient for ocd? Is it dangerous? My husband has OCD for 15 years now. He was also diagnosed with mania-depressia. He takes so many medications and nothing really helps. We were offered to try electric shock and I'm scared. Is it dangerous? What are the chances of this method to work for him?

A. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is indeed considered effective for OCD, although it's not the first line of treatment. It does have its risks, including memory loss, disorientation and sort of confusion. There is also a change in the activity of the heart but it's rarely significant.

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Electrical shock is a relatively uncommon form of trauma, and reports in the literature are relatively sparse.
10.In addition to the electrical shock hazards sparks from electrical equipment can serve as an ignition source for flammable or explosive vapors.
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There were 62 electrical shocks reported in 2004, 37 in 2005, 6 in 2006, and 6 in 2007.
The ability to predict defibrillation success may minimise the damaging effects of repetitive and unnecessary electrical shocks. In the present study, AMSA analysis was applied to the ECG signals of human victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, and was able to discriminate with high sensitivity and specificity those shocks that effectively terminated ventricular fibrillation and those that failed.
Gregory Berns of Emory University School of Medicine and his colleagues used MRI imaging to observe brain activity patterns in non-drug abusers who were awaiting brief electrical shocks (the adverse experience).
Its structure, designed to be highly resistant to electrical shocks, makes it desirable for heavy production environments.
The device, which delivers electrical shocks to the heart, is worth around pounds 8,000.
It is God's own image that is being torn to pieces by "electrical shocks, pulling out fingernails, the forced insertion of objects into the rectum."
Defibrillators give electrical shocks to the heart and can save the lives of 70 percent of patients suffering cardiac arrest if they are used within three minutes, authority officials said.
But the candle started a fire and when they tried to extinguish it with buckets of water they suffered electrical shocks.
In slices from male mice fed a normal diet, repeated electrical shocks to the slices caused hippocampal cells to fire with a strong electrical pulse, a response that seems to cement new experiences into long-term memory.

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