Radiation & Electric Shock


Radiation burns may be caused by solar ultraviolet radiation (sunburn), welder’s arc, lasers, industrial microwave equipment and nuclear radiation.   Cover radiation burns with a clean, dry dressing to prevent infection.

Electric Shock

An electric shock occurs when a person comes into contact with an electrical energy source. Electrical energy flows through a portion of the body causing a shock. Exposure to electrical energy may result in no injury at all or may result in devastating damage or death.

The most common injuries from electric shock include;

  • Burns
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Respiratory arrest

Specific Management of Electric Shock

  • D.R.S.A.B.C.D. and call an ambulance
  • When power lines are in contact with a vehicle or a person, do not approach until the situation is declared safe by authorities. The rescuer should ensure that all bystanders remain at least ten meters clear of any electrified material; examples being a car body, cable, pool of water. Metal and water conduct electricity and may be extremely hazardous
  • In a domestic or similar situation it is essential to promptly separate the person in need from the electricity supply. Turn off the supply of electricity and, if possible, unplug the appliance from the power outlet. Until the power is off, avoid direct skin contact with the person or any conducting material
  • If the person is unresponsive and not breathing normally, D.R.S.A.B.C.D.
  • Other injuries may require treatment
  • Promptly refer all who have suffered an electric shock for medical assessment
  • Assess the person who has been struck by lightning: if unresponsive and not breathing normally, commence resuscitation