What is the role of ECG in the workup of drowning?

Updated: Jun 19, 2019
  • Author: G Patricia Cantwell, MD, FCCM; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Electrocardiography (ECG) should be performed in patients with significant tachycardia, bradycardia, or underlying cardiac disease. Consider ECG if the patient has arrhythmias or if arrhythmias are suspected. [54]

Monitor the patient with ECG if rewarming is necessary, because dysrhythmias are common when rewarming patients who suffer cold-water immersion injuries.


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