Submersion injuries in children

Int J Trauma Nurs. Apr-Jun 1997;3(2):59-64. doi: 10.1016/s1075-4210(97)90062-6.


Submersion injures, also known as drowning or near drowning, are a serious threat to the life and health of children. They are the third leading cause of death in the pediatric population (18 years and less), behind motor vehicle crashes and cancer in the United States. This article discusses epidemiologic factors, the pathophysiologic characteristics of submersion injuries, treatment, outcome identifiers, and methods used for prevention.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cause of Death
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Emergency Nursing / methods*
  • Humans
  • Near Drowning* / epidemiology
  • Near Drowning* / physiopathology
  • Near Drowning* / therapy
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Risk Factors