Bystander basic life support: an important link in the chain of survival for children suffering a drowning or near-drowning episode

@article{Marchant2008BystanderBL,
  title={Bystander basic life support: an important link in the chain of survival for children suffering a drowning or near-drowning episode},
  author={Jeanette Marchant and Nicholas G Cheng and Lawrence T. Lam and Fiona E Fahy and Sannappa V Soundappan and Danny T Cass and Gary J. Browne},
  journal={The Medical journal of Australia},
  year={2008},
  volume={188 8},
  pages={484-5}
}
Eight children suffered drowning or near-drowning in Sydney pools over an 11-day period in January 2007. Four received basic life support (BLS) within 5 minutes of immersion and survived with good functional neurological outcomes. The other four were not discovered for >or= 5 minutes and all died. This cluster serves as a reminder that timely effective bystander BLS is crucial to survival and good clinical outcomes in near-drowning episodes. 

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