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ER Doctors Are Sick of Hearing the Term ‘Dry Drowning’ (Newser.com)

Posted by | July 14, 2017 | Drowning

Children learn to swim at The Dive Spot on Friday, June 24, 2016, in Abilene, Texas, as part of the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Event. (Nellie Doneva/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)

By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff

There have been many reports lately about so-called “dry drowning,” “delayed drowning,” or “secondary drowning,” like when a boy in Texas died several days after swimming last month. But many experts, including emergency room doctors, the World Health Organization, the Red Cross, and the CDC, say there’s a big problem with these terms, which are confusing and “unduly alarming” parents, reports Live Science. Drowning is defined as breathing problems following being submerged or immersed in a liquid, and it doesn’t necessarily kill a person. If it does, it can take minutes, hours, or even days, though lengthy delays are very rare. So-called dry drowning is, in short, just straight-up drowning. As one doctor describes it on her blog, drowning happens when someone aspirates, which is the technical term for something passing the trachea into the lungs.  Read more…

Source: http://www.newser.com

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