Monday, February 16, 2015

Electric Shock first aid; Saving life from electric shock

Everybody has experience of Electric shock someday in their life. Electric shock is nothing but flow of electric current through the body. Human body consists of 60% to 70% of water as water is very good conductor of electricity so our body also become a good conductor of electricity. There are very severe effects of electric shock, There are few effects of electric shock such as Burns , Heart problems, Death and damages to internal organs.

There are few steps to be taken whenever a person got electric shock

1.      Separate the person from current source. i.e. either disconnect the supply or by using insulated material such as wood to separate the person from electrical current source as earlier as possible. As more the time you delay more lessen the chances of person survival. Insulated material for separation are may be Wooden block, Newpaper, Book , chair or anything which you know is insulated.
Please remember whenever you see person is connected to current source never ever try to touch him otherwise you will get connected to current source also.

2.      Do CPR i.e. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) only if person is in below conditions:-
(A)   Unconscious
(B)   Unresponsive
(C)   Person not breathing normally or breathing at all.
CPR which is known as lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies , such as electric shock , heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped. CPR is started with chest compressions. There are different ways of doing CPR. One is for child’s and other for adults.
For children aged between 1-8 years CPR Method is as below:-
(b)   Use the heel of one hand for chest compression and compress the chest to 1/3rd of chest dept.
                      For Infants upto 12 months CPR method is as below:-
(a)   Place the inflant on the back.
(b)   Perform mouth to mouth artificial respiration by covering infant’s nose and mouth with your mouth. Please remember provide only small breaths.

(c)    Do chest compression by using 2 fingers of one hand upto 1/3rd of chest dept.

3.      Check for injuries and if there are some injuries then immediately send the person to hospital for treatment.