…..appear minor with little or no visible signs of damage on the body; the current may cause excessive damage internally to both tissue and organs. Electrical burns may also effect the heart and lungs and lead to unconsciousness trauma or cardiac arrest.
If someone has experienced an electrical burn, call for emergency services assistance.
When managing thermal burns Stop the burning. Cool the site of the burn. Cover the burn.
REMEMBER S.T.O.P. – Stop and assess the scene.
Think, have I got the necessary equipment available to manage this emergency. Has anybody called the emergency services?
Observe, are there any dangers to myself, bystanders or the victim?
Protect yourself at all times and keep re-evaluating the dangers throughout the emergency.
Support help and advice is available from the awesome people at the Burns Support Group Charitable Trust
Tomorrow we will look at treating electrical burns…..
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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