First Aid 101: Electric Shocks

Electric Shock Treatment Chart

First Aid 101: Electric Shocks Treatment PDF

The following information was taken from various sources and is not necessarily correct or complete. Please consult your doctor before using any of these treatments. Also, please note that some of the treatments may cause permanent damage to your body. If you have questions about any of these treatments, contact a physician immediately!

1) CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation): This is the most common method used to revive someone who has been electrocuted.

It involves applying compressions and rescue breaths until emergency medical assistance arrives.

2) Cardioversion: This is another form of resuscitation which uses drugs to stop heartbeats in order to save a person’s life.

It requires hospitalization and can lead to death if not administered properly.

3) Oxygen Therapy: This is a type of treatment where oxygen is pumped into the lungs to replace what has been lost due to lack of blood flow.

4) Intubation: This involves placing a tube through the nose and mouth so that air can enter the lungs.

It prevents suffocation and helps with breathing.

5) Chest Compressions: These are applied when there is no other way to save someone’s life.

This involves pressing slowly on the chest until you hear a crack.

6) CPR and Chest Compressions: This is used when someone has been without oxygen for more than 5 minutes.

It is a combination of the two procedures listed above.

7) Defibrillation: This involves using paddles that have an electric current to “reset” a heart beat.

This procedure can only be used on people who are alive and have a pulse, otherwise there could be severe consequences.

8) Medication: There are certain types of medication that can be used to treat an electric shock, but only a physician or emergency medical technician should provide this information.

What To Do If You Or Someone Else Gets Shocked

Make sure the area where the victim was shocked isn’t still active (i.e. turn off the power source or unplug anything electrical). You don’t want to get hurt yourself.

Check to see if victim is breathing. Look for chest movement. If you don’t see any, perform CPR .

Call emergency services or tell someone else to call.

Monitor the victim’s airway. If it looks blocked in any way, move any objects out of the way and clear the victim’s mouth of any obstructions. Don’t give the victim anything to drink, including wine, coffee, tea, or soda pop.

Do not give the victim anything by mouth (not even medication).

Don’t try to give the victim anything to eat.

Don’t give the victim anything by mouth (not even medication).

Don’t apply a heating device to the skin (hot water, heating pad, heat lamp, etc.)

If there is an injury, do not move the victim unless it is life-threatening.

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