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Electricity-induced Injury

The major mechanisms of electricity-induced injury include:
  • Electrical energy causing direct tissue damage
  • Conversion of electrical energy into thermal energy causing massive tissue destruction
  • Direct trauma resulting from falls or violent muscle spasms
Electricity-related injuries include:
  • Electrical shock that can range from a slight tingling sensation to extreme pain
  • Muscle freezing that can lead to muscle or nerve damage and potentially broken bones
  • Burns that can cause tissue and nerve damage
  • Bruises and/or broken bones can result from subsequent falls
  • Internal bleeding, organ damage, and/or blood clots
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Death