Drowning – What Should You Do?


Summer is here—and with the hot weather, more men, women, and families will be venturing outside to enjoy swimming in local pools. When you are going out to swim this season, be sure that you are practicing excellent pool safety and that you know what to do when an emergency occurs. Read on to learn what you should do in the event of a drowning accident. 

Drowning or near drowning is caused by the lack of oxygen that results from suffocating underwater. Although anyone can suffer from these dangerous medical emergencies, toddlers and teenagers are at the highest risk. If someone you know is a victim of drowning, follow the following steps:

  • Evaluate the scene for danger
    Do not place yourself in danger and do not go into the water unless you believe that it is completely safe to do so. Contact your local emergency health professionals for assistance.
  • Remove the victim from the water
    Using a tree branch, pole, or buoyant object, help the victim to pull themselves out of the water and onto dry land.
  • Begin rescue breathing
    If the drowning victim has stopped breathing, start breathing for them as soon as you can. In some cases, you may even want to begin rescue breaths when the victim is still in the water.
  • Begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
    If the situation calls for it and if you are trained, begin CPR.
  • Provide first aid for any other injuries
    If the victim is suffering from a wound or other serious injury, do your best to provide first aid. Try to keep the victim calm if they are anxious. If the person is unconscious or has been diving, assume that there may be injuries to the spine and keep their head and neck as stabilized as possible.

Are you interested in learning more ways to stay well this summer? Consider contacting the healthcare experts at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center . Our staff is available at any time of the day or night at (818) 676-4000.


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