Near-Drowning: A Model for Acute Respiratory Failure
There are approximately 7,000 deaths per year in the United States that are attributed to drowning. In addition, there are approximately 60,000 hospital admissions per year that are associated with water related accidents. Similar experiences in other countries make this a very common and serious clinical problem. Also, water accidents, drowning and near-drowning usually affect younger adults and the pediatric population, the type of patient that may expect a long and productive life if the patient survives and recovers brain function.
KeywordsCardiac Output Pulmonary Artery Pressure Acute Respiratory Failure Extravascular Lung Water Arterial Oxygen Tension
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