Emergency Care for Electric Shock in Central California
You can experience an electrical shock if electric current goes through your body. The effects of an electrical injury vary, but can include internal organ damage, burns, cardiac arrest, and death.
At Dignity Health Central California, our experts can treat electrical shock symptoms quickly with the high level of personal care you deserve. If you need to go to the ER for electric shock in Central California, use InQuicker before you go. With this tool, you can select your estimated arrival time at one of our Dignity Health Central California locations:
- Mark Twain Medical Center
- Memorial Hospital
- Mercy Hospital Downtown
- Mercy Hospital Southwest
- Mercy Medical Center Merced
- St. Joseph’s Medical Center
For severe electrical injuries, call 911 right away.
Electric Shock Symptoms: When to Go to the ER
The main symptoms of electric shock are burns on the skin, ranging from mild to severe. However, with high voltage shock, internal injuries often result. This is why it is so important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after any type of serious electrical injury.
Electric shock can also cause these symptoms:
- Breathing problems
- Memory problems or personality changes
- Muscle spasms
- Heart attack
- Irregular heartbeat
- Cardiac arrest
- Tingling, numbness, or weakness
- Joint dislocation
Some shocks are worse than others. Symptoms depends on the voltage, type of current, and length of contact with the current. For a clear diagnosis of your symptoms and emergency care, visit an ER at Dignity Health Central California.
Electrical Injury Causes
Our doctors work quickly to determine the cause of electric shock and deliver prompt treatment. Electrical injuries can be caused by:
- Touching an electrical outlet or inserting something into it
- Contact with faulty wiring or appliances
- Accidental contact with exposed wiring
- Arching from high-voltage power lines
Treatment for Electric Shock at Dignity Health Central California
At the ER, our doctors, nurses, and support staff will perform a check for injuries, such as burns, dislocations, or fractures. Initial tests may include:
- Blood work
- Urine tests
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
For severe electrical injuries, our doctors may recommend admission to the hospital or burn unit for a period of time. For any type of electrical shock, count on Dignity Health Central California for expert care.
Dignity Health Central California emergency doctors offer treatment for all types of electric shock in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.