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Prophylactic antibiotics in near-drowning
Report by: Chris Wood, Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Search checked by: Bernard A Foëx, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
Institutions: North Manchester General Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK
[In patients who have nearly drowned] are [prophylactic antibiotics better than expectant therapy] at [reducing pulmonary infections and improving survival]?
A 17-year-old man presents to the Emergency Department having been pulled from a local river. He fell while intoxicated and was submerged for a short period of time. He has clearly aspirated some water as …
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.