Test Your Knowledge on Electrical Injuries in Urgent Care (Postscript 2 of 2)

Evidence-Based Urgent Care Postscript
Electrical Injuries: Management of Low-Voltage Shocks and Burns in Urgent Care | April 2024

A 29-year-old woman is brought to the urgent care clinic by a coworker after sustaining an electrical injury while working on power lines for the local utility. She was wearing safety gear but accidentally made contact with a high-voltage wire while performing a repair. The coworker reports that the patient very briefly lost consciousness when the incident occurred but then “seemed fine, just shook up.” The patient is most concerned about a burn on her hand, which was gloved when the incident occurred. Her vital signs show mild tachycardia and mild hypotension. What is the best next step in the management of this patient?

  1. Contact EMS to transfer the patient to the nearest ED.
  2. Perform an ECG.
  3. Order a complete metabolic panel, creatine phosphokinase, complete blood count, and urinalysis.
  4. Assess the burn on her hand

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