Suffocation Injuries in the United States

Patient Characteristics and Factors Associated With Mortality

Roula Sasso, MD; Rana Bachir, MPH; Mazen El Sayed, MD, MPH


Western J Emerg Med. 2018;19(4):707-714. 

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Mortality from suffocation injuries remains high in the U.S with a significant burden on children and adolescents and on patients with intentional injuries. Familiarity with the characteristics of patients at risk of suffocation injuries and with factors associated with increased mortality after such injuries is important to help improve clinical outcomes. Additionally, tailored initiatives implementing behavior and environment change and targeting populations at risk of suffocation injuries are needed.