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Fifteen-minute consultation: Drowning in children
  1. Jordan Evans1,
  2. Assim Ali Javaid1,
  3. Eleanor Scarrott2,
  4. Andrew R Bamber2,
  5. Jeff Morgan1
  1. 1Paediatric Emergency Department, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff, UK
  2. 2Cellular Pathology Department, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jordan Evans, Paediatric Emergency Department, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff, CF14 4XW, UK; jordan.evans{at}wales.nhs.uk

Abstract

Drowning is a significant cause of childhood morbidity and mortality globally. The underlying mechanisms vary with child development and most are modifiable to public health promotion strategies. This article serves to highlight some of the specific considerations for the clinical management of drowning in children, both prehospital and by the in-hospital paediatric resuscitation team. This includes changes to standard advanced paediatric life support in the presence of hypothermia.

  • accident & emergency
  • epidemiology
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  • Contributors JE conceived the idea for the article. JE, AAJ and ES undertook the literature review and drafted the manuscript. JE, AAJ, AB and JM contributed to its revision. JE and JM take responsibility for the paper as a whole.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement There are no data in this work

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