HEADLINE: LIGHTINING RISK
ANCHOR LEAD: USING AN IPOD DURING A THUNDERSTORM MAY BE HAZARDOUS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Add iPods to your list of things not to use during a thunderstorm. A recent case report in the New England Journal of Medicine described extensive injuries received by a man running with an iPod during a thunderstorm. Rick Lange, chief of clinical cardiology at Johns Hopkins, says the man was fortunate not to suffer a heart attack.
LANGE: This brings up several things about lightning strikes. One is that the vast majority of people survive lightning strikes, only one in ten die and they usually die of a cardiac arrest, so if you see someone who’s been struck by lightning, you should initiate CPR quickly. Nine out of ten people who are struck by lightning actually survive, but they’re oftentimes left with some sort of neurologic injury that’s oftentimes sustained over a long period of time, maybe even a lifetime. :24
July is the month when the greatest number of people are struck by lightning. Each year, more people are killed by lightning strikes in the United States than die as a result of hurricanes and tornadoes combined. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.