Fast Five Quiz: Drowning

Richard H. Sinert, DO

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June 25, 2020

Drowning remains a significant worldwide public health concern, ranking as the third leading cause of death from unintentional injury. It also remains a major cause of disability in those who survive. The current consensus definition states that drowning is a process that results in primary respiratory impairment from submersion in a liquid medium. The terms wet drowning, dry drowning, active or passive drowning, near-drowning, secondary drowning, and silent drowning may be noted in historical references; however, they have been abandoned in favor of the general term—drowning.

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