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Near-hanging injuries: Critical care, psychiatric management

Key clinical point: Cardiac arrest is the cause of half of in-hospital deaths after near-hanging injury.

Major finding: Among all survivors, 450 (50.8%) had hanging-induced cardiac arrest and of these, 371 (95.4%) eventually died.

Study details: A retrospective analysis spanning 23 years (1992-2014) that included 886 adult patients who were admitted to 31 ICUs.

Disclosures: The authors disclosed no conflicts of interest. The study received grant support from the French public funding agency, Délégation la Recherche Clinique et de l’Innovation in Versailles, France.


de Charentenay L et al. 2020 Aug 3. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2020.07.064.