Treating a friend, colleague or family member who has suffered a drowning or hypothermia incident can be relatively straightforward or extremely challenging. No two cases will be alike. While in some incidents the person might just require a dry set of clothes and a warm drink, in others, despite the appropriate treatment, that person may die.
The outcome, especially in serious drowning and hyperthermia incidents is often difficult to predict. However it is widely acknowledged that if the appropriate care is delayed or absent then the prognosis will most likely be poor.
This guide is designed and written for the ‘first on scene’ or ‘first responder’ as it is invariably a non medical person who encounters or witnesses such events. Knowing what, and as importantly, what not to do, will most likely have a significant bearing on the outcome.
Search and Rescue personnel will similarly find this guide invaluable when faced with difficult or multi casualty scenarios.
The Field Guide for the treatment of Drowning, Hypothermia and cold water immersion incidents is designed and written in line with current medical understanding and best international practice.