Overview of Dry drowning

Types of Drowning

Drowning is commonly described as “wet drowning,” “dry drowning,” and “near-drowning,” none of which are considered medical terms.

Drowning categories used by the American Heart Association include:

  • Fatal drowning: Dying because of drowning or from complications from drowning
  • Nonfatal drowning with injury: Surviving a drowning incident with some type of injury
  • Nonfatal drowning without injury: Surviving a drowning incident without a resulting injury

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