Ertrinkungsunfälle im kindesalter - Eine retrospektive analyse

Translated title of the contribution: Childhood drowning - A retrospective analysis

Christian Durchholz, J. Peters, F. Staudt, B. Pontz

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Drowning is one of the major causes of fatal accidence in young children. We examined 56 children admitted to the children's hospital Muenchen-Schwabing or Passau after drowning or near-drowning between 1989 and 1997. The age ranged between 13 to 145 months. We divided them into two groups: those who recovered completely and those who survived with severe neurological damage or died. We tested for significance for the outcome. Five significant clinical and laboratory parameters were combined to a score, and the range was predetermined from 0 to 12 points. In addition, we collected information of prehospital management by evaluating emergency doctors' reports. Airway and hypothermia management turned out to be non-satisfactory in prehospital management. Extracorporal circulation was never applied although it should be taken into consideration in special situations. We present a possible algorithm applicable for out of scene management. Most important goal is to prevent injury by the use of fences around garden ponds or pools.

Translated title of the contributionChildhood drowning - A retrospective analysis
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)168-172
Number of pages5
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2004


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