First Aid Quiz

Can you answer these questions?

Which of the following should you do first when your co-worker has suffered an electrical shock?
  • (A)  Move the victim away from the electrical source with a help of a non-conducting object
  • (B)  Shut off the source of electricity if possible
  • (C)  Check the victim’s breathing and pulse. Begin CPR if necessary
  • (D)  Lay the victim down with his/her head lower than the rest of the body
  • (E)  Call 911 or bring in an emergency medical team
Give me a hint
Trained individuals can probably treat the victim better than you can.
Show me the Answer
Correct answer is:
  • (E)  Call 911 or bring in an emergency medical team
Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, CDC specifies the following steps (in this order) to be performed if someone around you has suffered an electrical shock.

  • Look first. Don’t touch. The person may still be in contact with the electrical source. Touching the person may pass the current through you.
  • Call or have someone else call 911 or emergency medical help.
  • Turn off the source of electricity if possible. If not, move the source away from you and the affected person using a non-conducting object made of cardboard, plastic or wood.
  • Once the person is free of the source of electricity, check the person's breathing and pulse. If either has stopped or seems dangerously slow or shallow, begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately.
  • If the person is faint or pale or shows other signs of shock, lay the person down with the head slightly lower than the trunk of his or her body and the legs elevated.
  • Don’t touch burns, break blisters, or remove burned clothing. Electrical shock may cause burns inside the body, so be sure the person is taken to a doctor.

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