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What is secondary drowning?

What is secondary drowning?

Water in the lungs: If person had a near drowning accident after which he/she appears ok that person still can die 1-48 hrs later if enough water entered the lungs to significantly impear oxygen exchange, they can die from hypoxemia and that will be secondary drowning. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Farber
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Drowning (Definition)

Drowning = suffocation due to aspiration ...Read more


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Is it possible i could drown in air?

Is it possible i could drown in air?

Air is essential: You need air to live. A fish "drowns" in air. There are circumstances in which the oxygen is out of the air such as a closed garage with a motor runnjng (carbon monoxide poisoning) or for instance volcanic craters in which gas from the fumarole displaces the air. Luckily we mostly have normal, livable air around us. ...Read more

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How to treat a secondary drowning?

How to treat a secondary drowning?

Supportive care : It happens after drowning. No body knows who gets it. It is complication of the drowning process no body could explain well but i think it is. Acute lung injury kind of situation which rarely happens. So if. Drowning happens and patient comes out of that he needs to be closely watched for three days if things get worse then in the hospital it will be treated. With supportve care. ...Read more

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How can you drown in a cup of water?

How can you drown in a cup of water?

No: A normal healthy person (not a baby) won't drown from a cup of water. If he is drinking water and chokes, his epiglottis will shut off any flow of air or water toward the lungs. His reflex cough automatically spews out any water from trachea, before the water even reaches the lungs. If one is very drunk, he probably won't drown but will get some water or vomit into his lungs, and get pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can you drown off a tablespoon of water?

Water: No, Iduobt very much youcoulddrown on a tablespoon ofwater ...Read more

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How fast do you die from drowning in water?

How fast do you die from drowning in water?

Depends: On how cold the water is; in very cold water people have survived for hours after immersion. Usually, however, brain damage sets in a few minutes and death within 10. ...Read more

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What is "drown-proofing", and how do you do it?

What is "drown-proofing", and how do you do it?

Floating mechanism: Drownproofing is a method for surviving in water disaster scenarios without sinking or drowning. The technique involves practicing keeping the lungs hyperinflated in water (subject floats in a near-relaxed position, raises himself up with hands to take a breath, then floats back with mouth at the level of water surface). Practice several times. ...Read more

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How to drown a cold with home remedies, besides fruit?

Not sure: I'm not sure you can drown out a cold. You can take things to help feel better as it runs its course. You should definitely rest and sleep. The usual tea with honey, chicken soup, bed rest, along with supportive meds (acetaminophen for example) for comfort. Watch light humorous movies while in bed to keep your spirits up. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: near drowning?

See below: Near drowning is non-fatal drowning. It is a confusing term and its use is not recommended. ...Read more

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If a child experienced near drowning, how will they recover?

If a child experienced near drowning, how will they recover?

Near drowning: Recovery depends on how quickly the child/person is pulled out of the water (<3 min is good), how quickly CPR is started (best if started asap, within seconds) and if the child needs CPR when she/he arrives in the emergency department (ed). Children who were down under water for < 3 min, who received CPR at the scene, who do not need CPR in the ed and who have a ph of > 7.30 (a blood test) do ok. ...Read more

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Is a culture test necessary for my baby after a near drowning?

Is a culture test necessary for my baby after a near drowning?

Usually-Yes: Depending upon how severly injured she is, yes.There is often a very high risk of secondary infection in the weakened body.Trust your doctors on this one! ...Read more

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If you see someone drowning what do you do after getting them out of the water?

If you see someone drowning what do you do after getting them out of the water?

Call 911...: Once 911 is called, check the person for breathing and pulse. If there is a pulse but no breathing, rescue breaths are indicated. If there is no pulse, CPR is needed. There are classes you can take to learn these techniques, if interested. ...Read more

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Is it considered drowning if you choke and die, on water going down the wrong pipe?

Is it considered drowning if you choke and die, on water going down the wrong pipe?

No: One cannot die from aspiration of some water, one will cough and sputter and gag, but unless the water has lots of chlorine or other noxious chemical, death is not really possible. Water boarding which is repeated head dunking could cause enough aspiration of water without any recovery time to qualify as the equivalent of drowning, but usual amount causing choking, no death, no drowning. ...Read more

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Is it possible to drown on your own blood if you have been in a dangerous accident?

Is it possible to drown on your own blood if you have been in a dangerous accident?

Yes: Unfortunately, any injury that leads to a large amount of blood getting into the airway can lead to "drowning". In addition, blood is very irritating to the airway and can lead to severe bronchconstriction (as in asthma) which if untreated may also lead to death. ...Read more

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Can you dry drown by having soda go down the wrong way and you didn't cough right away?

Can you dry drown by having soda go down the wrong way and you didn't cough right away?

Depends on volume: of soda inhaled and sugar content, but not possible with just one swallow as cough reflexes usually prevent multiple. Unfortunately if one were really intoxicated or did not have normal reflexes, etc.one could get aspiration pneumonia, etc. which could leave one very ill. In a resuscitation, life saving meds are occasionally given into the trachea if iv access is not available., ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a drowning sensation when you bend over and your head is in the upside down position? It came on quick. No joke.

Is it normal to have a drowning sensation when you bend over and your head is in the upside down position? It came on quick. No joke.

May need eval: This may be vertigo, a sense of spatial disorientation created when the position sensors in your inner ear are disoriented. Changes in position can sometimes bring this out. If it persists or increases you should discuss it with your doc. ...Read more

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Would you know if you were dry drowning or secondary drowning after having a swim? No coughing, breathing difficulties, pain or symptoms present

Would you know if you were dry drowning or secondary drowning after having a swim? No coughing, breathing difficulties, pain or symptoms present

Yes you would...: In simple terms you would have all the symptoms you stated you didn't have. Dry drowning is caused by airway spasm. You would cough and not be able to take a breath. ...Read more

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Help me! i want to kill myself. I want to take two whole bottles of pills and drown myself in the lake. I don't want to live anymore. I need a pdoc.?

Don't take: Any pills. That is number one. Number 2 you need to tal to someone (preferably a psychiatrist). And it would be wise to do so immediately. One way is if you have one to plce a call to them, if not simply go to the emergency room at a hospital and let them know how you are feeling and they will call one immediately for you. Your life is precious, don't forget that. Please get help asap. ...Read more

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