Electrical Injuries

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Electrical Injuries
Electrical Injuries

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An individual may experience an electrical injury at home such as shock from a small appliance, extension cord or wall outlet, which is very rarely associated with any significant trauma or complications. Children may experience a low-voltage injury without associated loss of consciousness or arrest by biting or chewing on an electrical cord. Adults may receive similar injuries while working on home or office appliances or circuits. Low-voltage electrical current can result in severe injury, much like high-voltage current, depending on the length of exposure (e.g., if there is prolonged muscle tetany), the size of the individual, and cross-sectional area in contact with the electrical source.

Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association

The Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association is a 501(c) nonprofit organization devoted to saving the lives of those who frequent our recreation waters. We invite you to browse our website to learn how to protect your family from the danger of Electric Shock Drowning.


With household current, internal thermal injury is rare but does occur. Nerve injury is a common primary response to many, even brief shocks. Let’s not blame the medical community too much. Electrical injury is widely misunderstood but for some very good reasons. The biggest reason is that the field has completely changed since 1990 and most physicians (and most informational sources) have not yet caught up with those changes.

Electrical Safety Foundation International

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is the premier non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace.

Chicago Electrical Trauma Rehabilitation Institute

CETRI is a clinical nonprofit research institute focused on improving acute and rehabilitative efforts for survivors of electrical trauma.


Electrocution is rare at less than 100 volts, and most deaths occur at more than 200 volts.


Minor shocks: if the patient is asymptomatic and has a normal ECG, they can safely be discharged with reassurance. Delayed arrhythmias are exceptionally rare and are usually preceded by a pre-existing ECG abnormality. Note that low voltage burns (of the type sustained from domestic electricity) are not associated with systemic complications but the local burn is almost always full thickness. Necrosis may extend within days and early surgical intervention with grafting tends to be favoured by burns specialists.

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