Omar, H.R. et al. Journal of Critical Care. Published online: September 18 2016
Drowning, a significant public health concern, is a major cause of death worldwide amongst children aged 5 to 14 years and is the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths. In 2012, there was an estimated 372 000 deaths due to drowning worldwide, with higher risk groups being children, males and those with increased access to water . It is known that immediate life-threatening complications of drowning is due to effects on the central nervous and cardiovascular systems.
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