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Electrical Burns

Electrical burns occur when there is contact with electricity.

Caring for an electrical burn

  • Call or send someone to call 911 for emergency medical assistance whenever an electrical burn occurs. Significant electrical injuries will need urgent medical care.

  • Unplug the appliance or device that has caused the injury or turn off the electrical current at the circuit breaker.

  • If the child is in contact with the electrical current, do not touch him or her until you turn off the source or the circuit breaker.

  • Determine that the child is still breathing. If the child is not breathing, call or send someone to call 911 and begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

  • Cover the burned area with a sterile gauze bandage or clean bed sheet.

  • Be aware that a child may experience "shock" after an electrical burn.

  • Do not give your child anything to eat or drink.

  • Place the child on his or her back, unless a neck or back injury is suspected. If neck or back injury is suspected, do not move the child until paramedics or emergency medical assistance arrives.

  • If the child has vomited or has a serious injury to the face or mouth area, you may place the child on his or her side.

  • Keep your child warm with blankets or extra clothing, but do not use a heat source to warm him or her.

  • Elevate your child's feet and legs, using a prop or pillow.

Electrical Burns - WellSpan Health

Online Medical Reviewer: Duldner, John E., MD, MS
Online Medical Reviewer: Fetterman, Anne, RN, BSN
Last Review Date: 2015-08-31T00:00:00
Last Modified Date: 2015-09-03T00:00:00
Posting Date: 2008-11-30T00:00:00
Published Date: 2015-09-03T00:00:00
Last Review Date: 2007-03-30T00:00:00
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