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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

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.

Generally it can be said that it's not an absolutely safe treatment, but it may help, especially if other drugs don't help.

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you can make a list of the symptoms you have and it'll give you the optional diseases/syndromes

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The danger from an electrical shock depends on the type of current, how high the voltage is, how the current traveled through the body, the person's overall health and how quickly the person is treated.
Electrical shock is a relatively uncommon form of trauma, and reports in the literature are relatively sparse.
We were told that the test's purpose was to ascertain whether the association of specific words with the correct choice of four alternative words could be learned and reinforced using electrical shocks.
Those wires have electrical current running through them when you have the laptop plugged in, and any unseen damage could lead to an electrical shock or a risk of fire.
Always use three-prong plugs, the third prong provides a path to ground that helps prevent the buildup of voltages that may result in an electrical shock. Suppose that metal casing/ enclosing of electric apparatus comes with live wire then current will flow through ground wire and the main breaker will trip.
But if the heart develops an abnormal rhythm, the defribillator delivers an electrical shock which returns the heartbeat to normal.
58% of units surveyed had electrical shock hazards associated with their submersible pumps (e.g., cables pulled from the electrical plug, electrical switch box and/or the pump itself).
AEDs provide an electrical shock to restore a heartbeat in case of cardiac arrest, commonly called a heart attack.
It outlines in detail the many tests that have been designed to ensure that the panels will operate properly: electrical shock hazard, fire hazard, mechanical stress, and component.
Fully encapsulated construction complies with EN 133200 and UL 1283, while a UL94 VO plastic enclosure increases protection against electrical shock. Leakage current is reduced by eliminating the capacitor to earth ground connection - a common concern in medical devices and in areas where moisture is likely.
were injured by the electrical shock, which occurred shortly before 9 a.m.
RCDs can protect against dangerous electrical shock and reduce the risk of electrical fires.

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