Almost as many definitions of drowning exist as authors in the field. One approach is to define drowning as death from suffocation after submersion, while those who suffer near drowning survive, at least temporarily, after suffocation by submersion. A few use the more generic term immersion syndrome to highlight the blurred margins between the two entities, although this term also has been used to refer to sudden death after immersion in cold water. Postimmersion syndrome, or secondary drowning, refers to the deterioration of a seemingly well patient after immersion.
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