On this episode, we’re joined by Dr. James Gilbertson with the Ottawa Hospital, and Cst. Caroline Gallant with The Ottawa Police Marine, Dive and Trails (MDT) Unit.

We take a dive into drowning and cover:

  • What drowning is
  • The scale of the problem
  • Drowning pathophysiology
  • The medical management of drowning patients
  • Prognostication

Lastly, we speak to drowning prevention 

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Dr James Gilbertson

James Gilbertson is a senior FRCPC emergency medicine resident physician at the University of Ottawa. He is a proud former Calgary lifeguard, who previously completed a BSc honours degree in exercise physiology before obtaining his MD at the University of Alberta in 2020. He is passionate about all things medical education and works part-time as an ACLS instructor.  In his free time, you can find him cycling through the Gatineau Parkway and exploring new outdoor trails.

Cst. Caroline Gallant

Is a member of the Ottawa Police Service Marine, Dive and Trails team. More information about this unit can be found on their webpage.