Barbiturates in near drowning
Report By: Chris Wood - SpR in Emergency Medicine
Search checked by Chris Wood - SpR in Emergency Medicine
Institution: Manchester Royal Infirmary
Date Submitted: 31st May 2005
Last Modified: 1st June 2005
Status: Red (incomplete)
Three Part Question
In [patients who have nearly drowned] are [Barbiturates better than expectant therapy] at [improving survival]?
A 34 year old man has been fishing on a Sunday afternoon at his local pond, when he has lost his footing and fallen in. A passing dog walker has seen him struggle and managed to pull him out, coughing and retching. His is brought to the Emergency dept still coughing up brown water, where a passing eldery staff grade suggests you give barbiturates.