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.

Key Points

  1. Most cases of drowning result in minimal or no respiratory impairment and do not require hospital admission beyond a period of observation
  2. Cervical spine injury is uncommon but should be considered if there is a history of trauma e.g. diving
  3. The cause of drowning should be fully considered including medical causes or issues around supervision and safety
  4. Key principles of management are maintaining adequate oxygenation, preventing aspiration and stabilising body temperature


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