Lessons learned from avalanche survival patterns

Grissom, Colin K.
April 2011
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/19/2011, Vol. 183 Issue 7, pE366
Academic Journal
In this article, the author reflects on the study by P. Haegeli and colleagues regarding the survival patterns of a complete avalanche burial. He states that survival curves data in Canada was compared to the survival curves data in Switzerland, which showed that 90% of people survive within th first 15-20 minute of burial. Furthermore, he mentions that the limitation of the study by was the lack of the cause of death in the Swiss data, wherein the cause of death in Canada is asphyxia.


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