Boating is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable activities that Californians can take part in. Unfortunately, a leisure activity can turn tragic in the case of an accident. Accidents on personal watercraft, speedboats, ferries or other vehicles can result in serious injuries, such as brain hypoxia.
According to Healthline, if you have to hold your breath or if you are underwater for an extended period, you may suffer from brain hypoxia.
What is brain hypoxia?
Brain hypoxia occurs when there is a low flow of oxygen to your brain. For your brain cells to function properly, you need a constant flow of oxygen to your brain. The symptoms of hypoxia may be mild or severe. Mild symptoms may include difficulties paying attention, making decisions and moving your body. Brain hypoxia may also result in temporary memory loss. For severe symptoms, you may suffer from brain death, seizures or even coma.
How do doctors treat brain hypoxia?
To diagnose brain hypoxia, the doctor may require a blood test, image scans or an EEG. The treatment of brain hypoxia depends on the condition. In severe cases, you may need immediate medical treatment. You might receive fluids, blood products or require heart support. In most severe cases, you may require a ventilator.
The severity depends on how long your brain did not have oxygen. Your long-term outlook could include bouts of insomnia, hallucinations, muscle spasms and amnesia.
Accidents on the water can result in severe injuries, particularly if a person’s oxygen levels drop due to drowning accidents. Brain hypoxia can result in serious consequences and long-term treatment.