Treatment of Salt Water Aspiration Syndrome

Most of the clinical manifestations of SWAS respond rapidly to rest and the administration of oxygen. Warming the patient is of symptomatic benefit. In general, no other treatment is required.

There is a possibility that some of the clinical manifestations may not entirely be caused by to the aspiration of water, but by the body’s (and specifically the respiratory tract’s) response to aspirated organisms, foreign bodies or irritants carried to the lungs with the sea water aspiration.