Prognostic outcome indicators following hanging injuries

D. J. Penney, A. H. L. Stewart, M. J. A. Parr

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Hanging as a method of attempting suicide is increasing in incidence. A retrospective review of victims of hanging injuries presenting to our institution over a 5-year period was performed. Forty-two cases were reviewed. Drug and/or alcohol ingestion was identified in 70% of cases. There were no cervical spine injuries identified, although two unexpected thoracic spine fractures were found. There was an 88% survival rate, with a low incidence (5%) of poor neurological outcome. The Glasgow Coma Score at scene or on arrival at hospital was found to be a prognostic indicator. Victims without spontaneous cardiac output at scene did not survive, even if cardiopulmonary resuscitation was successful initially.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-29
Number of pages3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Hanging injury
  • Patient
  • Trauma

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