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Open Access Bystander resuscitation of a near-drowning child in a rural south China township

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We report resuscitation of a near-drowning child by a bystander in a rural south China township. Resuscitation was performed on a 6-year-old, otherwise healthy boy who was witnessed drowning in a river, with submersion for approximately 12 min. Following several resuscitation attempts, spontaneous breathing was established at the scene and the boy was transferred to a nearby hospital. He developed pneumonia but recovered completely on the ward and was discharged without any neurologic disabilities. This case shows that early bystander resuscitation is an important factor for survival after submersion. The search for an ideal approach to resuscitation must continue, and all members of society must work together towards this goal.

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Keywords: Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation; Drowning; Resuscitation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 December 2013

This article was made available online on 10 November 2014 as a Fast Track article with title: "Bystander resuscitation of a near-drowning child in a rural south China township".

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  • Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is an open-access journal focusing on subjects that are common and relevant to family medicine/general practice and community health. The journal publishes relevant content across disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, social and preventive medicine, research and evidence based medicine, community health service, patient education and health promotion and health ethics. The journal has a specific focus on the management of chronic illness particularly diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, hypertension, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease and common mental illness. FMCH is published by Compuscript on behalf of the Chinese General Practice Press

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