Right care for lightning victims
There are 24 000 lives lost every year to lightning globally, more than by any other natural cause, said Professor Roger Dickerson, an emergency physician specialist and vice-president of the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa. He was speaking at the 11th Congress of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine that was held at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre at the beginning of the month. He said there were an estimated 240 000 who survived lightning strikes and go on to live full lives, although they are faced with permanent side-effects such as seizures and tinnitus.
We need to ensure they do not have associated injuries like long bone fractures or spinal injuries, and then we take care of what the lightning strikes actually do,” Dickerson said. If they are presenting with chest pain, we need to investigate further.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Daily NewsSimilar Stories