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<< Pediatric Submersion Injuries: Emergency Care And Resuscitation (Trauma CME)

Introduction

Drowning and submersion injuries are leading causes of accidental death and injury in children in the United States and worldwide. Drowning accounts for > 500,000 deaths globally each year and is the leading cause of death worldwide among males aged 5 to 14 years.1 In the United States, it is a leading cause of death in children aged 1 to 14 years. It is estimated that 80% of all drownings are preventable. The World Congress on Drowning defines drowning as “a process resulting in primary respiratory impairment from submersion/ immersion in a liquid medium.”

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