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Compression asphyxia and other clinicopathological findings from the Hillsborough Stadium disaster

Abstract

Ninety-six people died following a crowd crush at the Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield, UK in 1989. The cause of death in nearly all cases was compression asphyxia. The clinical and pathological features of deaths encountered in crowds are discussed with a particular focus on the Hillsborough disaster.

  • disaster planning and response
  • cardiac arrest
  • crowding
  • resuscitation

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