JOURNAL ARTICLE
REVIEW

[Water rescue. A unique area of emergency medicine with many facets]

C-M Muth, T Piepho, S Schröder
Der Anaesthesist 2007, 56 (10): 1047-57
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Emergencies on or in water are relatively rare in the rescue service. For this reason, water accident treatment and management does not receive much attention in the training of emergency medicine physicians. Consequently doctors working in emergency medicine often have minimal knowledge in this area. On the other hand, the number of fatal accidents on and in water has increased in recent years. In Germany the number of non-swimmers is also increasing, so it can be assumed that the number of water-related accidents will continue to rise. Drowning accidents and near drowning are important in this context and will be discussed in detail in this review as well as hypothermia (a frequent problem), accompanying injuries and diving accidents.

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