You may think this is straight out of the juju scene of a Nollywood movie but according to Ronald L. Holle’s paper, ‘Annual rates of lightning fatalities by country’, 24,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year and about 240,000 are injured.
How to help.
According to the CDC, Giving first aid to lightning strike victims while waiting for professional medical attention can save their lives. It is safe to touch a lightning strike victim. People struck by lightning DO NOT carry a charge.
The following steps can help save the life of someone that has been struck by lightning:
- Call for help
- Assess continuing danger from the storm. If the area where the victim is located is high risk (e.g., an isolated tree or open field), the victim and rescuer could both be in danger. If necessary, move the victim to a safer location.
- Assess the victim by checking for breathing/signs of life
- If patient is not breathing and there are no signs of life start CPR. Treat any other injuries such as burns, broken bones and bleeding according to first aid principles.
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