Lightning #4 – Lightning-Related Injuries

Permanent sequelae:

Sleep disorders – Irritability
Fine psychomotor function difficulty – Sympathetic nervous system dysfunction
Paresthesias – Atrophic spinal paralysis
Generalized weakness
Post-traumatic stress disorder

Psychological dysfunction:

Memory disturbance – short term
Concentration disturbance – loss of focus, easily distracted
Difficulty coding new information
Difficulty accessing stored or old information
Cognitive powers – decreased mental manipulation, decreased problem-solving
High executive functioning – decreased multitasking

Behavior issues:  

Emotional liability
Sleep disturbance
Phobic behavior
Personality change

The Goal of Prevention – Don’t be a Conductor!

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