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Survival in adults after cardiac arrest due to drowning


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).

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Key Words

  • Drowning
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Resuscitation
  • Neurological outcome