Selected Injuries: Near-Drowning, Hypothermia, Barotrauma, Burns

  • Allan V. Abbott

Abstract

Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death in the United States, accounting for about 5600 deaths annually.1 Drowning is defined as death from suffocation in a liquid medium, and near-drowning is survival from submersion. Death occurring minutes to days after near-drowning is termed secondary drowning. Wet drowning results from aspiration of fluids and is responsible for 80% to 90% of all drowning deaths. Victims of dry drowning, or asphyxia due to laryngospasm, are much more likely to be resuscitated.2 In both cases, most deaths result from cerebral and pulmonary hypoxia.

Keywords

Tympanic Membrane Eustachian Tube Decompression Sickness Inhalation Injury Silver Sulfadiazine 
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