What is the role of intubation in the treatment of drowning patients?

Updated: Jun 19, 2019
  • Author: G Patricia Cantwell, MD, FCCM; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Intubation may be required in order to provide adequate oxygenation in a patient unable to maintain a PO2 of greater than 60-70 mm Hg (>80 mm Hg in children) on 100% oxygen by facemask. In the alert, cooperative patient, use a trial of BiPAP/CPAP, if available, to provide adequate oxygenation before intubation is performed.


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