Electric shock always needs an immediate medical attention. Of course, you can always call for professional help, but there are certain situations when experts won’t arrive immediately and the life of the person who experienced an electric shock is solely in your hands.
So, check out the steps you need to take to give an emergency care to a victim of electric shock.
- Look Over the Area of the Incident Carefully
No matter how strong the desire to help may be, the very first step is to check out the area of the incident. If the danger of electrical shock remains, you can get injured yourself, and you won’t be able to help anyone. First, find the source of the electric shock.
- Call Emergency Service
Call an emergency service as soon as possible. Mind that the sooner you call, the sooner the help will arrive. You need to describe the situation for the service to be prepared. Moreover, the operator may give you some instructions on giving the first aid to the victim.
- Shut Off the Source of Possible Electric Shock
The best thing to do is to shut off the electric current. But do it only in a case if it is possible to shut it off safely. There is no need to try to save someone near a high-voltage line.
- Separate the Victim from the Source
You shouldn’t touch the victim of electric shock if the electricity hasn’t been shot off. Don’t attempt to separate the victim from the source even with the non-conductive instrument. As soon as the source has been shut off, you can separate the victim from the source with the help of a wooden stick or any other non-conductive tool.
- Do the CPR
After you have successfully separated the victim of electric shock from the source, you should check out the state of the victim. If the victim is unconscious, not breathing and doesn’t have any pulse, you should try doing CPR.
- Place the Victim in the Recovery Position
You should put the victim in the recovery position to ensure that his or her breathing remains clear. Roll the victim on the side, place one hand of the victim under his or her head, bend victim’s farthest knee, and monitor the victim until the help arrives.
- Keep the Victim Warm
The temperature of the victim will cool down quick, so you need to keep him or her warm. So, you need to cover the victim with the blanket. But don’t cover the victim if there are large wounds and burns.
- Talk to the Victim
If the victim is conscious – talk to him or her. Try asking about his or her state, as learning it can be a great help when the emergency service arrives.
- Examine the Victim’s Body
You need to examine the victim’s body in order to evaluate whether there are any burns or injuries and report it to the emergency service.
- Control the Bleeding
If the victim is bleeding try stopping it. Use a clean piece of cloth and press it on the wound until the blood loss stops.