Bystander basic life support: an important link in the chain of survival for children suffering a drowning or near-drowning episode

Med J Aust. 2008 Apr 21;188(8):484-5. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01725.x.


Eight children suffered drowning or near-drowning in Sydney pools over an 11-day period in January 2007. Four received basic life support (BLS) within 5 minutes of immersion and survived with good functional neurological outcomes. The other four were not discovered for >or= 5 minutes and all died. This cluster serves as a reminder that timely effective bystander BLS is crucial to survival and good clinical outcomes in near-drowning episodes.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Drowning / mortality
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Life Support Systems / instrumentation*
  • Male
  • Near Drowning / therapy*
  • New South Wales / epidemiology
  • Resuscitation / instrumentation*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Survival Rate / trends
  • Swimming Pools
  • Time Factors