Forensic Aspects of Fire, Burns & Electricity

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Electrical injury

What you need to knowElectrical injuries are relatively uncommon but can be life threatening, causing extensive burns or internal organ damageWet …

Medicine

A mystery with a shocking twist: Death by indoor lightning

An illuminating study on a very strange demise<p><i>Caution: This article contains descriptions that may be disturbing to some people.</i><p>Recently, in an undisclosed place and time, police wandered onto a grisly and unusual scene.<p>That day, a 53-year-old man had been renovating his cottage alone when he …

Lightning

A fire investigator in Wales has given us an insight into the job

From accidental fires in the home to the deliberate grass fires which parts of Wales have recently seen, fire crews are continually put to the test …

Employment

Skin creams containing paraffin linked to fire deaths

<b>Skin creams containing paraffin have been linked to dozens of fire deaths across England, the BBC has learned.</b><p>The products for conditions like eczema and psoriasis can leave people at risk of setting themselves ablaze.<p>If people use the creams regularly but do not often change clothes or bedding, …

Skin Care

Prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning | CDC Features

Prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning<b>Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 13, 2016. As you prepare to set your clocks forward one hour,</b> …

Home Automation

Mother drugged 9-year-old daughter and burnt her to death amid bitter custody battle

A Canadian woman has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of her nine-year-old daughter.<p>Laura Coward was arrested in Alberta, Canada, in August 2014, two days after her daughter Amber Lucius was reported missing.<p>At the time Ms Coward's divorce from Amber's father, …

Electrical Injury — Pediatric EM Morsels

Children are often more susceptible to environmental exposures and injuries. We have previously discussed injuries related to submersions, …

Human remains found at scene of Oxford explosion and fire

Authorities have informed family of 48-year-old man who has been unaccounted for since the blast in block of flats<p>Human remains have been discovered in the rubble left after an explosion and fire that destroyed a block of flats in Oxford last week.<p>Authorities have informed the family of a …

Human Remains

Sulphuric acid is all too readily available in the UK

Bangladesh may have restricted the sale of acid in order to reduce assaults (Letters, 16 February) but in the UK the opposite has happened. Thanks to the last government’s obsession with deregulation, anyone can now buy full-strength sulphuric acid provided that they do not look “suspicious”. This …

British Isles

Acid attacks were a stain on Victorian Britain. Now they are returning

These cruel assaults are more often linked to patriarchal societies. But in Britain, where sulphuric acid was first manufactured, cases are once again on the rise<p>The victim of what some newspapers described as Britain’s “first fatal acid attack” died last month in a Belgian hospital. Mark van …

Extremism

This is frostbite on the hands of a refugee who arrived into Lesbos on Friday. @RefugeeRescueUK were there to help the scared and the sick. https://t.co/MbqtZWvobC

Lightning Learning: Burns #1 (Depth)

“An ongoing series of learning bites for our department, those working in EM and beyond...”— advice is based on our local guidelines which may differ …

Hydrofluoric Acid Burn — NEJM

1<p>Feriyde CALISKAN TUR, Ersin AKSAY. . (2015) Hydrofluoric Acid Exposure. <i>Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine</i> <b>15</b>, 1. <br>CrossRef<p>2<p>Xingang Wang, Yuanhai …

LEARNINGMODULES.NET

Woman who suffered horrifying burns when her boyfriend set her on fire speaks out

A woman who was burned alive by her former partner has spoken out about her “evil” attacker and urged other women in abusive relationships to seek …

Fire Rescue (360 Video) - BBC News

Darren Byrne's 999 call after murdering his wife Maria

Police have released the 999 call made by a man an hour after he killed his wife and burned her body.<p>Darren Byrne, 40, was found guilty of murder and arson following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.<p>Maria Byrne, 35, died at the couple's home in Morgan Crescent, Theydon Bois, Essex, on 13 …

Crime

Oakland fire: 33 confirmed dead as search continues

<b>Thirty-three bodies have so far been recovered from a warehouse in Oakland, California, following a deadly fire during a party, officials say.</b><p>Only about 20% of the building has been searched and "a significant number" of people are still missing, they said.<p>It is unclear what caused the fire at the …

Fire Fighting

Clinical and forensic signs related to chemical burns: a mechanistic approach.

2015 Jun;41(4):658-79. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2014.09.002. Epub 2014 Oct 1.<p>1Department of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, …

Chemical burns: A review

Summary<p>Chemical burns form a significant percentage of mortality from burns and total burns cases reported. There are over 65,000 chemicals available …

Vietnam karaoke bar fire kills 13

<b>A fire at a karaoke lounge in Vietnam has left 13 people dead, according to state media.</b><p>The blaze broke out at an eight-storey karaoke bar in the Cau Giay district of Hanoi on Tuesday afternoon.<p>It took fire-fighters five hours to put it out. Two police officers were injured during the operation.<p>A …

Vietnam

Boy, 13, found dead in Doncaster shed fire

A body of a teenage boy has been found after firefighters were tackling a shed fire in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.<p>Firefighters discovered the 13-year-old's body after extinguishing the blaze in Campsall, at 9pm last night.<p>The teenager has been named online as Jack Sheldon by friends paying tribute …

Modern-Day Burn Resuscitation: Moving Beyond the Parkland Formula

<b>Authors: Mary Ellen Billington, MD (EM Resident Physician, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX) and Brett D. Arnoldo, MD, FACS (Associate</b> …

Medicine

Six children among nine dead in Memphis house fire

<b>A house fire has killed nine people in Memphis, Tennessee, in the city's worst such tragedy in an almost century.</b><p>Six children and three adults died in Monday's blaze, and another child is in hospital fighting for life, according to fire officials.<p>A neighbour described firefighters sobbing as they …

Guns

Factory Fire In Bangladesh Kills At Least 21

A fire erupted at a packaging factory in Bangladesh early Saturday, killing at least 21 people.<p>Dozens more were injured in the blaze in the industrial area of Tongi, located about 8 miles north of the capital Dhaka. While The Associated Press reports 21 people have died, The Dhaka Tribune put the …

Bangladesh