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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 21 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2596

Avalanche survival more likely in Switzerland than Canada: People buried in avalanches in Canada have a lower chance of surviving than those in Switzerland, researchers have found after examining data for 301 victims in Canada and 946 in Switzerland (CMAJ; doi:10.1503/cmaj.101435). Trauma and characteristics of the snow contributed to the survival differences. Rescue times, however, were significantly quicker in Canada than in Switzerland (18 minutes versus 35 minutes).

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