Some remarkable cases of full neurological recovery after cardiac arrest following immersion incidents have been intermittently reported in the journals over the years [1, 2, 3]. These have largely been in children or teenagers who have fallen into extremely cold water. We report here two older adults who recovered completely after a period of cardiac arrest in cold water. Certainly, death should not be pronounced in cold water drowning, without a thermometer reading and ECG.
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Edwards, N.D., Timmins, A.C., Randalls, B. et al. Survival in adults after cardiac arrest due to drowning. Intensive Care Med 16, 336–337 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01706363
- Cardiac arrest
- Neurological outcome