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    Electrocution (low voltage)

    you try to help a victim of electrocution, it's essential to check they're not still 'live'.

    What is it?
    An electrical current passing through the body can stop breathing and disrupt the heart's activity. The casualty's body may still be 'live' when help arrives.

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    The casualty's body may still be in spasm and unable to release whatever caused the electrocution. There may be burns to the body where the current has entered and exited. The casualty may be unconscious.

    First aid aims
    Ensure casualty can be rescued without danger to anyone else
    Disconnect casualty from electricity source
    Treat any further problems, such as burns

    Don't touch casualty because they may be 'live'
    Disconnect casualty from power source, either at the mains or by pushing away whatever is conducting the current using an insulating material, for instance a wooden stick
    Check casualty's response
    Open airway
    Prepare for resuscitation
    Call emergency

    Further action
    Prepare to treat any burnssustained by casualty.

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