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Iatrogenic Spark Burn Injury to the Chest From a Transcutaneous Pacing Patch
Journal of Korean Burn Society 2021;24(2):50-52
Published online December 1, 2021
© 2021 Journal of Korean Burn Society.

Jong Yun Choi, M.D., Won Jin Cha, M.D., Ee Room Jung, M.D., Bommie Florence Seo, M.D., Ph.D. and Sung-No Jung, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Uijeongbu, Korea
Correspondence to: Sung-No Jung, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Uijeongbu St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, the Catholic University of Korea, 271 Cheonbo-ro, Uijeongbu 11765, Korea
Tel: 82-31-820-3935, Fax: 82-31-874-0301
Received September 7, 2021; Revised September 16, 2021; Accepted September 16, 2021.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Iatrogenic electrical burns that occur from the use of a defibrillator, a paddle-type cardiac shock device, have been reported in various forms. Electrical burns are usually conducted directly through the skin and are more damaging than scald burns or contact burns. A transcutaneous cardiac pacing device is a patch-type cardiac shock device that automatically delivers a shock when an abnormal heart rhythm is detected. We introduce a unique case of iatrogenic electrical burns caused by the transcutaneous pacing patch of a cardiac shock device. Electrical energy was converted into a spark due to foreign bodies deposited around the patch, resulting in damage to the peripheral area of the skin.
Keywords : Burns, Electric, Defibrillators, Chest, Electrocardiography

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