Sink or Swim: Critical Care Management of Pediatric Submersion Injuries

Author(s): Megan Austin, Morgan Fraiz

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Oct 15, 2026

Topics: MultiSystem

Population: Pediatric

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Drownings occur year-round and are the second leading cause of death in children in the United States. Appropriate management of submersion injuries can lead to better outcomes in the pediatric ICU. However, prevention measures and recent technology are key to decreasing morbidity from submersion injuries. This advanced session outlines the critical care management of pediatric submersion injuries and utilizes case studies to discuss current treatment standards and related patient outcomes.


  • Describe the pathophysiology of a submersion injury.
  • 2. Differentiate between the three types of submersion injuries and the prognostic indicators associated with different patient outcomes.
  • Discuss current treatment practices and standards in submersion injuries.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

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