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Factors that Determine the Degree of Electricity-induced Injury

The degree of electricity-induced injury is dependent on:
  • Amount: This refers to the amount of electrical energy that is delivered. The risk of severe injury increases when there is contact with a higher electrical voltage or current.
  • Resistance and Pathway: There are certain tissues/body sites that, if located in the pathway of the current, will greatly increase the severity of the injury received.
  • Duration: The risk of severe injury is greater the longer the body remains in contact with the electrical current.