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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Eman Alademi, M.D.[2]


ECG has minimal diagnostic value in diagnosing burns but plays a role in diagnosing concurrent conduction abnormalities and monitoring side effects of sever and electrical weapons . Electrocardiogram of a patient with acute burn injury may show prolonged QT and sinus tachycardia .Fatal cardiac arrest by electrical weapons .


In patients with acute burn injuries sinus tachycardia and a prolonged QT interval were the most common ECG abnormalities. There was no correlation between the extent of burn injuries and observed ECG abnormalities. No patient had a life threatening arrhythmia, and all patients had a good outcome.[1]abnormal electrocardiogram (nonspecific ST-T wave changes most commonly) are at increased risk for cardiac arrhythmias and should be observed until the ECG normalizes[2]

fatal cardiac arrest by electrical weapons[3][4][5][6][7]


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  7. Vilke GM, Bozeman WP, Chan TC (2011). "Emergency department evaluation after conducted energy weapon use: review of the literature for the clinician". J Emerg Med. 40 (5): 598–604. doi:10.1016/j.jemermed.2010.10.019. PMID 21220194.