Drowning was an existing Victorian Statewide CPG that has been revised then reviewed by interstate CPG Committee members. It will be considered for PIC endorsement on 27 August.
- Most cases of drowning result in minimal or no respiratory impairment and do not require hospital admission beyond a period of observation
- Cervical spine injury is uncommon but should be considered if there is a history of trauma e.g. diving
- The cause of drowning should be fully considered including medical causes or issues around supervision and safety
- Key principles of management are maintaining adequate oxygenation, preventing aspiration and stabilising body temperature