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When should you do if someone has had an electric shock?

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If you feel a tingling sensation in your legs and lower body when you touch the person, wait until help arrives. If you can safely touch them, do CPR if they aren't breathing or don't have a pulse. If that's not needed, elevate their feet about 12 inches unless their head, neck, or back is injured or you suspect broken hip or leg bones. Don't raise their head. Turn them on their side if they're vomiting or bleeding from the mouth.

From: Electric Shock Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Thygerson, A. , Jones and Bartlett, 2007. American College of Emergency Physicians First Aid and CPR Essentials

Fermie, P. Lorenz Books, 2005. The Illustrated Practical Book of First Aid & Family Health,

Merck Manual: "Electrical and Lightning Injures."

Subbarao, I. , Random House Reference, 2009. AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: "Electrical Safety."

Electric Shock Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Thygerson, A. , Jones and Bartlett, 2007. American College of Emergency Physicians First Aid and CPR Essentials

Fermie, P. Lorenz Books, 2005. The Illustrated Practical Book of First Aid & Family Health,

Merck Manual: "Electrical and Lightning Injures."

Subbarao, I. , Random House Reference, 2009. AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: "Electrical Safety."

Electric Shock Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 25, 2018

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