Background: Increased smartphone use among minors makes our population more prone to electrical injury. Despite regulations on electrical home safety standards, smartphones and chargers still pose a risk for severe injury among users. Case presentation: We present a case of a patient with low-voltage electrical burns due to smartphone use in a bathtub. The 13-year-old Caucasian patient was using a smartphone plugged into the electrical grid while taking a bath. We report the burns and their treatment. We discuss the likely burn mechanism. Conclusions: Burn wounds after electrical injury due to smartphone use are rare. The presented case shows the danger of smartphone use in bathtubs.
Hardon, S. F., Haasnoot, P. J., & Vries, A. M-D. (2019). Burn wounds after electrical injury in a bathtub: A case report. Journal of medical case reports, 13(1), . https://doi.org/10.1186/s13256-019-2231-4