Understanding the correct assessment and management of lightning injuries

Tom Mallinson
April 2013

While relatively rare in the United Kingdom, lightning injuries are potentially fatal and certainly serious occurrences. They are also an area of pre-hospital care with which practitioners may be less familiar. Possibly due to their rare nature, lightning strikes have also generated a number of myths and misconceptions, which may adversely affect the care given to patients and the safety of rescuers. This article discusses some of the aspects of keraunomedicine, the study of lightning injuries, and how best to manage victims of lightning strikes. This article provides an overview of the assessment and management of such patients during the immediate pre-hospital and in-hospital phases.

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