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.