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jueves, 20 de agosto de 2020

Lightning Strike Emergencies

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AAEM/RSA - By Yue Ivan - August 13, 2020
..."Trauma is a common complication of lightning strikes that the emergency physician must be able to recognize and treat. The WMS guidelines stress the importance of prevention of lightning strike injuries as well. These include seeking shelter immediately, avoiding ridges/summits, and avoiding standing near tall or metal objects. However, if caught in a lightning storm and one has nowhere to go, they should adopt the “lightning position,” which is a full squat on toes with heels touching and hands over ears. If traveling with a group, people should be spaced at least 20 feet apart to avoid lightning jumping person to person. Finally, removing any metal equipment is recommended as well..."