Fortunately the risk of suffering an electric shock in hospital is rare and hospitals have procedures and materials in place to prevent the occurrence and to protect the people who use electrical medical equipment. However electric shocks can still happen in hospitals. Technology is an important part of care in modern day hospitals and therefore hospitals have a lot of electrical equipment along with electricity sources that they use to treat patients. Electrical PAT testing is just one element that hospitals need to comply with in order to keep these machines running safely and effectively. Nurses and doctors using the equipment should know the proper procedures of use and the risks if these procedures are not followed.
Machinery should be carefully maintained to prevent it from malfunctioning and becoming a hazard for patients and staff, as well as visitors to the hospital. Hospital workers should also know how to use the machinery properly to make sure that risk of an electric shock is minimized. There will be standards that the hospital should adhere to whilst using, maintaining and storing medical equipment as well as making sure the area in which it is used is suitably safe.
What are the symptoms of an electric shock?
This depends on the nature of the shock, and the exposure to electrical current. Electric shocks can result in no injury at all or they can be potentially fatal. The most common symptoms of electrical shock are burns, usually where contact was made with the electrical source and where it exited the body, for example where the person’s body was in contact with the ground. Symptoms can be gained if the person was thrown by the force of the shock, and internal injuries are a possibility. Other symptoms can be broken bones, shortness of breath or chest and abdominal pain from internal injuries.
Have you suffered an electric shock in hospital?
If you have experienced an electric shock whilst visiting or working in a hospital you could be entitled to compensation. If you want to discuss the possibility of claiming then Accident Advice Helpline can help. We have 14 years’ experience in the industry working with a team of lawyers around the UK who can represent you. Call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to get free no-obligation advice or use our online claim calculator to make contact. We have a no win, no fee policy for everyone we assist so there are no upfront costs to worry about.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown