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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
600 AM CDT FRI JUN 28 2013

...MEDICAL ASPECTS OF LIGHTNING...

THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY 
MANAGEMENT...THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND TOURISM...THE U.S. 
ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS...THE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES OF ARKANSAS...
AND ENTERGY ARKANSAS INCORPORATED ARE SPONSORS OF THE WEEK IN 
ARKANSAS.

THE TOPIC FOR TODAY IS THE MEDICAL ASPECTS OF LIGHTNING.

STATISTICS SHOWING HOW BIG A PROBLEM LIGHTNING IS.

LIGHTNING IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF STORM RELATED DEATHS IN THE UNITED
STATES...OUTPACING HURRICANES AND TORNADOES IN MOST YEARS. 
A LIGHTNING STRIKE CAN RESULT IN A CARDIAC ARREST...STOPPAGE OF THE 
HEART...AT THE TIME OF THE INJURY...ALTHOUGH SOME MAY APPEAR TO HAVE 
A DELAYED DEATH A FEW DAYS LATER IF THEY ARE RESUSCITATED BUT HAVE 
SUFFERED IRREVERSIBLE BRAIN DAMAGE.

ACCORDING TO STORM DATA...A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUBLICATION...
OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS...THE U.S. AVERAGED 55 REPORTED LIGHTNING 
FATALITIES PER YEAR. DUE TO UNDERREPORTING...THE FIGURES ARE MORE 
REALISTICALLY AT LEAST 70 DEATHS PER YEAR. ONLY ABOUT 10 PERCENT OF 
PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING ARE KILLED...LEAVING 90 PERCENT 
WITH VARIOUS DEGREES OF DISABILITY.

                ODDS OF BECOMING A LIGHTNING VICTIM

      ESTIMATED U.S. POPULATION AS OF 2011    	310 MILLION

      ODDS OF BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING         1 IN 1 MILLION
      IN A GIVEN YEAR /REPORTED DEATHS
      PLUS INJURIES/

      ODDS OF BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING IN      1 IN 775 THOUSAND
      A GIVEN YEAR /ESTIMATED TOTAL DEATHS
      PLUS INJURIES/

      ODDS OF BEING STRUCK IN YOUR LIFETIME     1 IN 10 THOUSAND
      /EST. 80 YEARS/

      ODDS YOU WILL BE AFFECTED BY SOMEONE      1 IN 1000
      BEING STRUCK /TEN PEOPLE AFFECTED FOR
      EVERY ONE STRUCK/


THE MEDICAL SYMPTOMS.

IMMEDIATE SYMPTOMS OF LIGHTNING INJURY. MOST VICTIMS EXPERIENCE
ONLY SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS BELOW.

1.  SHORT TERM MEMORY
2.  PROBLEMS CODING NEW INFORMATION AND ACCESSING OLD INFORMATION
3.  PROBLEMS MULTITASKING
4.  SLOWER REACTION TIME
5.  DISTRACTIBILITY
6.  IRRITABILITY
7.  PERSONALITY CHANGE
8.  INATTENTIVENESS
9.  FORGETFULNESS
10. INTENSE HEADACHES
11. RINGING IN THE EARS
12. DIZZINESS
13. NAUSEA AND VOMITING AND OTHER POST CONCUSSION TYPE SYMPTOMS
14. DIFFICULTY SLEEPING...SOMETIMES EXCESSIVELY AT FIRST AND THEN
  ONLY TWO OR THREE HOURS AT A TIME

DELAYED SYMPTOMS.

1.  SEIZURE LIKE ACTIVITY
2.  PAIN FROM BACK INJURY OR HEADACHES
3.  PERSONALITY CHANGES/SELF ISOLATION
4.  IRRITABILITY AND EMBARRASSMENT BECAUSE OF THE INABILITY TO
  REMEMBER PEOPLE...JOB RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY INFORMATION
5.  DIFFICULTY CARRYING ON A CONVERSATION
6.  DEPRESSION

FRIENDS...FAMILY AND CO-WORKERS WHO SEE THE SAME EXTERNAL PERSON
MAY NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE SURVIVOR IS SO DIFFERENT. FRIENDS SOON
STOP COMING BY OR ASKING THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES. 
FAMILIES WHO ARE NOT COMMITTED TO EACH OTHER BREAK UP.

MEDICAL TESTING.

THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF MEDICAL TESTS...
1.  ANATOMIC TESTS TAKE AN X-RAY...CT SCAN AND MRIS OR BLOOD
  COUNT MEASUREMENT. THESE TESTS OFTEN COME BACK NORMAL.
2.  FUNCTIONAL TESTS SHOW HOW SOMETHING IS WORKING AND ARE MORE
  USEFUL. THESE INCLUDE A PET SCAN AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING.

HELP EXISTS FOR VICTIMS.

AN ORGANIZATION OF TREMENDOUS HELP TO SURVIVORS...FAMILIES...
PHYSICIANS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS IS LIGHTNING STRIKE AND ELECTRIC 
SHOCK SURVIVORS INTERNATIONAL /LSESSI/...A SUPPORT GROUP FORMED IN 
1989 BY A LIGHTNING VICTIM.

LSESSI HAS PRINTED MATERIALS...OFFERS TREMENDOUS SUPPORT...NETWORKS
SURVIVORS WITH OTHERS IN THEIR AREA...AND PROVIDES AN ANNUAL MEETING
WHERE SURVIVORS COME TOGETHER FOR SUPPORT AND LECTURES FROM 
PROFESSIONALS WHO WORK WITH LIGHTNING AND ELECTRICAL SURVIVORS
AND THEIR FAMILIES.

LSESSI CAN BE REACHED AT...
PHONE...910-346-4708
MAIL...P.O. BOX 1156...JACKSONVILLE NC 28541-1156.
E-MAIL...INFO@LIGHTNING-STRIKE.ORG
WEB ADDRESS...WWW.LIGHTNING-STRIKE.ORG/

FOUR FACTORS NECESSARY FOR RECOVERY.

THE FOUR MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS IN OVERCOMING DISABILITY FROM
LIGHTNING INJURY /OR FROM ANY ILLNESS OR MAJOR INJURY FOR THAT
MATTER/ ARE...
1...A SUPPORTIVE FAMILY AND FRIENDS NETWORK
2...BECOMING YOUR OWN ADVOCATE AND LEARNING AS MUCH AS YOU CAN 
ABOUT THIS DISABILITY
3...A PHYSICIAN WILLING TO LISTEN...READ...LEARN AND WORK WITH THE 
SURVIVOR AND THEIR FAMILY
4...A SENSE OF HUMOR.

PREVENTION.

FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN TREATING SURVIVORS IS PREVENTING LIGHTNING
INJURY. ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED MAKE POSSIBLE NATIONAL LIGHTNING 
SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK HOPE IT WILL HELP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY LEARN HOW 
TO AVOID INJURY. PREVENTION IS THE KEY.


&&

THIS FACT SHEET IS COURTESY OF DR. MARY ANN COOPER...PROFESSOR 
EMERITUS...DEPARTMENTS OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE AND BIOENGINEERING...
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OF LIGHTNING SAFETY CAN BE FOUND ON THE
INTERNET AT WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/LZK

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