Near Drowning

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Section 6 - TRAUMA

6.08 NEAR DROWNING

  • INITIAL TRAUMA CARE, (2.02).
  • Care should begin in water if appropriate.
  • C-Spine precautions if necessary.
  • If the patient is awake/ alert and breathing, consider CPAP device.
  • Remove wet clothing and protect patient against heat loss and wind chill. Completely dry patient and cover patient with insulated blanket.
  • If arrhythmias, refer to appropriate Practice Parameters.
  • If hypothermic, refer to COLD EMERGENCIES PRACTICE PARAMETERS (5.06).