CPR immediately on any person who is not breathing and does not have a pulse.
Call for emergency medical services. Instructions for doing CPR can be given
over the phone by the emergency dispatch center.
Any person suspected of being injured by
lightning should be evaluated in a hospital's emergency department, even if
injuries are not obvious.
All victims usually are hospitalized and
observed for shock, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attack, bleeding, or other
The doctor will treat those injuries that
are discovered on the physical examination.
- Head injury indicated
by a loss of consciousness and or confusion is frequently treated by
observation in the hospital.
- Possible injury to
the heart that shows up on an abnormal ECG or in blood enzyme levels is
usually managed in the hospital by observation and medicine if needed.
- Ear and eye injuries
are treated as needed with referral to an appropriate specialist.
- Paralysis is usually
temporary but may require observation in the hospital.
- Spine injuries
usually require hospitalization for observation or surgical stabilization.
- Broken bones may be
treated with splinting or may require surgery.
- Symptoms of nerve
injury (numbness, tingling) can generally be monitored by a neurologist.
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