Lightning strikes can cause a range of injuries, including burns, wounds, fractures, and even death. The shock wave of a lightning strike can also produce a variety of medical conditions, such as cardiac arrest, seizures, and respiratory arrest.
Lightning strike victims should be assessed for any signs of trauma, including burns, wounds, fractures, and other injuries. Additionally, the vital signs of the patient should be closely monitored and any changes should be noted.
Differential diagnosis of the effects of lightning strike includes other causes of trauma, such as electrical shock, blunt trauma, and thermal burn.
Treatment for lightning strike victims depends on the type and severity of the injury. Burns and wounds should be treated with first aid and appropriate medical care as soon as possible. In the case of cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may be necessary.
The prognosis for lightning strike victims is variable and depends on the severity of the injury. In some cases, victims may make a full recovery, while in other cases, the injury can be fatal.