Emergency medicine

Nearly drowned – why?

Gordian Fulde



One of the reasons GPs love their shifts in the emergency department is that some of the patients are so difficult and complex yet so exciting – just like on the TV dramas.

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A case of near drowning

The ‘bat phone’ rings, with the ambulance officers informing the emergency department that they are bringing in a critically ill patient who was retrieved from Sydney Harbour. The trauma team is assembled, as often these patients will have jumped into the water and sustained some traumatic injury, especially when they are found near the Harbour Bridge.