IMPROVING THE TREATMENT OF ELECTRICAL INJURY THROUGH MULTIDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION
CETRI was founded to facilitate multidisciplinary evaluation and rehabilitation of electrical shock survivors and is dedicated to improving the treatment of survivors of electric shock.Our multi-institutional team of clinicians, epidemiologists, biologists, and engineers are senior faculty at leading universities in Chicago and have been participating in the CETRI team for over 20 years. CETRI's medical team is responsible for many of the medical advances made relating to the diagnosis and treatment of electrical injury.
ELECTRICAL SHOCK INJURY - A CHALLENGING PROBLEM
Electrical shock resulting from human contact with electrical power sources happens on a regular basis. Fortunately, most electrical shocks involve brief contact with low energy electrical sources and complete recovery occurs. Occasionally, the shock causes more challenging consequences. The effect of electricity on the body depends on many factors including the intensity and frequency of the current, the anatomical path of the current thought the body, and the duration of exposure. Nerves and muscles are highly sensitive to electric forces and are easily damaged by an electric shock. Therefore, survivors of electrical shock should be evaluated for neuromuscular system disturbances very soon after injury. If present, a proper rehabilitation program can be very helpful in avoiding prolonged or delayed onset neurological or neuromuscular problems. CETRI's multidisciplinary medical team is very experienced in evaluating electrical shock survivors.
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