Drowning pp 629-633 | Cite as

Positioning of the Drowning Victim

  • David SzpilmanEmail author
  • Anthony Handley


For centuries, people falsely believed that draining water from the lungs of drowning victims was an essential part of the resuscitation process. In the eighteenth century, this was the main reason why victims were positioned hanging vertically head down. Even today, many theories about positioning are offered but few with hard data to back them. In the following chapter, an attempt is made to provide the most logical rationale for positioning based on the available information, recent studies and consensus. In turn, this discussion will focus on issues such as water in the lungs and positioning during rescue in the water and on land and positioning during resuscitation and recovery for the drowning victim (Table 97.1).


Chest Compression Cervical Spine Injury Basic Life Support Logical Rationale Prolonged Immersion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Socieda Brasiliera de Salvamento AquaticoRio de JaneiroBrasil
  2. 2.Colchester Hospital University Foundation TrustColchesterUK

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