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Drowning Prevention


Take Safety Measures Before Letting Kids in the Pool |

Jun 27, 2013

Pools can provide lots of fun and exercise for children, but a fun day can turn dangerous if proper safety precautions aren't followed, an expert warns.

Never leave children alone in or near a pool and be sure that they are always supervised by an adult who can swim, said Dr. Natalie Lane, medical director of the emergency department at Children's Hospital of Georgia.

Injuries From Ocean Waves More Common Than Thought | WebMD

Jun 27, 2013

 A study out of Delaware suggests that injuries to beachgoers caused by ocean waves are more common and severe than previously suspected, and people need to be aware of the ocean's power -- even in shallow water.

To keep safe, it's important to swim at beaches with lifeguards, ask them about surf conditions and never turn your back to the waves, one study author suggested.

[Video: 3 min] Would You Be Able To Spot Someone Drowning? | Today

Jun 13, 2013

Drowning remains the second-leading cause of accidental death for children, and very often adults don’t even notice kids who are drowning in the same pool. NBC’s Tom Costello explains what you should be on the alert for in the water this summer.

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Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning | Slate

Jun 13, 2013

The Instinctive Drowning Response—so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. And it does not look like most people expect. There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind. To get an idea of just how quiet and undramatic from the surface drowning can be, consider this: It is the No.

How to Prevent Your Child from Drowning | AAP News

Jun 13, 2013

More than 1,000 children die each year from drowning, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. If a child survives, he likely will have brain damage and long-term disability such as learning problems or not being able to care for himself.

Warm Weather and Cold Water is a Dangerous Mix for Early Season Boaters

May 02, 2013

The first spell of warm weather after a long winter brings intrepid boaters back out onto the frigid waters. Those adventurous souls sometimes pay for their enthusiasm with their lives. The off-season months are very dangerous for boaters because of the increased speed at which muscle fatigue sets in when mishaps occur. Nationally, four times as many boating accidents result in a fatality when the water temperature is 39 F or colder.

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Swimming Injuries In Children: Emergency Room Visits Have Increased (STUDY) | Huffington Post

Apr 04, 2013

More kids are going to the emergency room for swimming injuries than 20 years ago, a new study finds.

Researchers discovered that an estimated 1.6 million swimming injuries occurred in the United States between 1990 and 2008. The number of injuries in a year increased from nearly 80,000 in 1990 to 93,000 in 2008.

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Water Safety Expert: 'Drowning Doesn't Just Happen' | CNN

Mar 21, 2013

As adults we're told time and again to keep a close eye on young children around water. Most kids who drown are under the age of 4 -- toddlers who accidentally fall into water too deep.

They can drown in minutes in less than 2 inches of water.

But the recent death of a 13-year-old at a pool in Florida has experts concerned about water safety for pre-teens and adolescents.

Water-Tubing Injuries on the Rise | HealthDay

Feb 21, 2013

Water-tubing injuries in the United States increased by nearly 250 percent over 19 years, a new study finds.

The number of injuries rose from less than 2,100 in 1991 to more than 7,200 in 2009, according to researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

More than 83 percent of the injuries occurred during summer months, which means that more than 65 tubing-related injuries are treated daily in U.S. emergency departments during the summer, the study authors said.

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