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Ege Journal of Medicine
2018, Cilt 57, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 116-118
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Forensic medical evaluation of electric shock injury
Faruk Aydın1, Mehmet Sunay Yavuz1, Ufuk Akın1, İlknur Kahraman2
1Manisa Celal Bayar Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Adli Tıp Anabilim Dalı, Manisa, Türkiye
2Adli Tıp Kurumu, Kilis Adli Tıp Şube Müdürlüğü, Kilis, Türkiye
Keywords: Electric shock, forensic medicine, forensic medical evaluation

The number of fatal accidents due to electrical current exposure are still high. Electrical shocks are mostly seen as an accidental event. For electrical injuries in the guideline; presence of clinical signs indicating the presence of an entry or exit lesion, electrical transmission of the body, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation performed by a health personnel were considered as a life threatening condition. In our study, we aimed to discuss the lesions and other findings that occured as a result of electrical shock in medicolegal context. A 10-year-old male patient was reported to have no pathology in his examinations, even though an electrical lesion was detected. If the guideline is taken into account in the assessment of this patient’s injury, it must be life threatening hazard. We evaluated that the injury led to the formation of a lesion that was characterized with the thermal burn due to a contact with the electric current and that this injury could be eliminated by simple medical intervention. We believe that more objective and clearer measures with wider boundaries should be included in the guideline for the purpose of judicial-medical evaluation of injuries resulting from electric shocks.

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