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Wilderness Medical Society practice guidelines for the prevention and treatment of lightning injuries: 2014 update

Chris Davis, Anna Engeln, Eric L Johnson, Scott E McIntosh, Ken Zafren, Arthur A Islas, Christopher McStay, William R Smith, Tracy Cushing
Wilderness & Environmental Medicine 2014, 25 (4 Suppl): S86-95
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To provide guidance to clinicians about best practices, the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) convened an expert panel to develop evidence-based guidelines for the treatment and prevention of lightning injuries. These guidelines include a review of the epidemiology of lightning and recommendations for the prevention of lightning strikes, along with treatment recommendations organized by organ system. Recommendations are graded on the basis of the quality of supporting evidence according to criteria put forth by the American College of Chest Physicians. This is an updated version of the original WMS Practice Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Lightning Injuries published in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine 2012;23(3):260-269.

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