The Role of Accidental and Therapeutic Hypothermia in Non-Fatal Drowning

  • Jonathan Gauci Mater Dei Hospital, Msida
  • Karen Anne Cassar Mater Dei Hospital, Msida
  • Sarah-Ann Mercieca Mater Dei Hospital, Msida
  • Jonathan Joslin Mater Dei Hospital, Msida
  • Noel Borg Mater Dei Hospital, Msida

Keywords

Non-fatal drowning, hypothermia

Abstract

A case of non-fatal drowning with a successful outcome despite a submersion time of 25 min is described. Our case report emphasizes the role of accidental hypothermia in the survival of drowning victims with hypoxic brain injury, and supports the use of therapeutic hypothermia in the resuscitation of these patients.

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  • Published: 2015-04-12

    Issue: Vol. 2 No. 2 (2015) (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
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    Gauci J, Cassar KA, Mercieca S-A, Joslin J, Borg N. The Role of Accidental and Therapeutic Hypothermia in Non-Fatal Drowning. EJCRIM 2015;2 doi:10.12890/2015_000195.

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