Drowning is a huge worldwide problem, and here in the UK there are around 350 accidental deaths from drowning each year.

From the patient who is potentially well enough for discharge on scene, all the way through to the resuscitation and prognostication of a cardiac arrest due to drowning, the topic carries a number of unique questions and challenges.

In this podcast we run through;

  • The scale of the problem
  • Modes of drowning
  • Prognostic factors
  • Extrication
  • Advanced Life Support in Drowning
  • Termination of resuscitation
  • Medical management

As always we’d love to hear any thoughts or comments you have on the website and via twitter, we look forward to hearing from you.


SimonRob & James


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Drowning. Szpilman D. N Engl J Med. 2012

WHO; drowning

Drowning; RCEMLearning

LITFL; drowning

SJTREM; Accidental hypothermia

Advanced Life Support

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