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Near Drowning (Overview)

Near drowning is non-fatal drowning. It is a confusing term and its use is not recommended.


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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

Near Drowning (Overview)

Near drowning is non-fatal drowning. It is a confusing term and its use is not recommended.


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What is the treatment after near drowning?

What is the treatment after near drowning?

Supportive: The most important thing is to give the patient supportive treatment: a ventilator if they can't breathe, antibiotics if there is infection, warming if there is hypothermia, etc. Hopefully, there is no long term brain damage from lack of oxygen. But, mainly, it is supportive therapy. ...Read more

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I'm haunted by memories of my near drowning. How can I get past this?

I'm haunted by memories of my near drowning. How can I get past this?

Seek therapy: I'm sorry you went through that. What you're talking about is a very traumatic experience and you might need help to work through that. I would recommend seeking therapy with a therapist who specializes in treating people exposed to traumatic events. Good luck! ...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?

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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How do emts/paramedics stabilize near-drowning victims?

How do emts/paramedics stabilize near-drowning victims?

ABC: A-airway, secure and stabilize a patent airway. Make sure the neck is not fractured. B- make sure the victim is breathing c- assess for adequate circulation, blood pressure, heart rate, etc., make sure the victim is warm, and out of the water. Get them to a doctor. ...Read more

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I'm haunted by memories of my near drowning. How can I get past this?

Seek therapy: I'm sorry you went through that. What you're talking about is a very traumatic experience and you might need help to work through that. I would recommend seeking therapy with a therapist who specializes in treating people exposed to traumatic events. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the treatment after near drowning?

Supportive: The most important thing is to give the patient supportive treatment: a ventilator if they can't breathe, antibiotics if there is infection, warming if there is hypothermia, etc. Hopefully, there is no long term brain damage from lack of oxygen. But, mainly, it is supportive therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Farber
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Drowning (Definition)

Drowning is a condition in which water enters the lungs and causes death ...Read more