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Electrocution and complications
Mehrzad Kiyani MD, Shabnam Bazmi MD 1
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Abstract Introduction: Electrical injuries is one of the major causes of death annually. Electrical injuries happens when the body is a part of electrical circuit and consequently broad symptoms are revealed. Discussion: Agents like voltage, amperage, type and pathway of current (direct or alternative), tissue resistance and passage time are important factors in severity of these injuries. The result of such injuries may be: paralysis, syncope, bone fractures, electrical burns, injuries due to falling down, renal failure, and at last death. The researches has shown that alternative current , humidity and anxiety increases the risk of electrical fatalities. At Autopsy there are no definite sign of death due to electrocution but some things such as presence of electrical mark, visceral petechia and congestion and some histological findings (epidermal cell elongation with nuclei oriented horizontally stretched) may help to find out the cause of death To prevent such injuries one must concerned about safety of electrical devices specially at high risk places like bathroom (because of the presence of vapor and water). If the victim’s life is saved checking vital signs, usage of broad spectrum antibiotics and other drugs to relieve pain and amendment of wounds, long time physical therapy may be useful in improvement the function of injured part of the body. Conclusion: If we know how dangerous Electrical injuries can be and know about agents that take part in the severity of injuries we can prevent it by making safe environment with proper preveventive programs and treatment plans in such cases we can reduce mortality a of electrical injuries.
Keywords: Electrocotion, Electric Mark, Injury
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Article Type: Analytical Review | Subject: Forensic Medicine
Received: 2008/09/15 | Accepted: 2018/03/29 | Published: 2018/03/29
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kiyani M, bazmi S. Electrocution and complications. Ir J Forensic Med. 2007; 13 (1) :38-44
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