18. Secondary Drowning Is a Form of Wet Drowning
Remember that dry drowning occurs because the person is unable to breathe and dies of asphyxiation. Wet drowning occurs because the person inhaled water, which damages the lining of the lungs. The water also enters the bloodstream, which causes the cardiovascular system to collapse.
Secondary drowning is a form of wet drowning, meaning that it occurs because water enters the lungs. The child may be submerged for only a couple of seconds, or may not even be submerged at all. The danger is that the water in the lungs has damaged the delicate lining and has set off a chain of events.