Skip to main content

Officials Encourage Summer Water Safety


by Max Gotlieb
Healthcare Reporter

As summer approaches, many will begin swimming in pools, lakes, and the ocean. Swimming, a fun pastime, is enjoyable, yet extremely dangerous when proper precautions are not taken. Drowning is the fatal consequence of pool safety not being taken seriously.

According to the CDC, there is an average of 3,536 deaths as a result of unintentional drowning every year. Children aged 14 years and younger account for 1 of every 5 unintentional drowning deaths.

It is crucial to understand risk factors that contribute to drowning. These include swimming without the proper ability, lack of barriers around the body of water, lack of supervision, alcohol use, and preexisting medical conditions.

Meghan Holohan from Today.com writes, "For safer open water swimming the organization recommends teaching open water swimming, as well as pool swimming, and having a designated "watcher" who keeps an eye on swimmers the whole time they're in the water." She also suggests that the designated watcher should learn how to practice CPR and other lifesaving skills. It might even be necessary for all parents to be certified in CPR and have lifesaving skill credentials.

There are a number of ways to obtain these certifications, but the most popular two are in-person classes with an instructor demonstrating skills and online courses like those offered at www.CPRTrainingFast.com. Online courses, though, are convenient, time-saving, and inexpensive. Any concerned parent should be trained in CPR before they allow their children to swim.

For a designated watcher wanting to be certified in lifesaving skills, BCLS is a perfect option. Short for Basic Cardiac Life Support, the BCLS credential teaches CPR and techniques necessary to save lives. On a more advanced level, www.CPRTrainingFast.com offers credentials for ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Life Support), which prepare trainees to save lives in dire situations like unintentional drowning.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

PALS Study Materials -Normal Pediatric Vital Signs

Study Reveals new Danger from E-Cigarette Flavorings

Electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigs or vapes are a new and developing technology, yet little is known about the medical risk they pose to users. A new study offers insight into the effects of e-cigs. The flavoring used in nicotine juices may pose a risk to blood vessels and the cells within the heart. Although e-cigarettes were originally marketed as a cleaner alternative to smoking or a tool to help smokers quit, “They have also gained popularity among young people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was an increase in middle and high school students using e-cigarettes from 2011 to 2016.” Ultimately, the study concluded that, “Our work and prior research have provided evidence that flavorings induce toxicity in the lung and cardiovascular systems. Flavorings are also a driver of youth tobacco use and sustained tobacco use among smokers." Due to the cardiovascular damage that e-cigs cause, it is recommended that medical professio…

Stop Taking That Aspirin You Were Told To Take

Taking a low-dose aspirin every day to prevent a heart attack or stroke is no longer recommended for most older adults, according to guidelines released Sunday.  After doctors said for decades that a daily 75 to 100 milligrams of aspirin could prevent cardiovascular problems, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association reversed that idea.  A large clinical trial found a daily low-dose aspirin had no effect on prolonging life in healthy, elderly people and actually suggested the pills could be linked to major hemorrhages.
Sunday's recommendations say low-dose aspirin should not be given to prevent atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease on a routine basis to adults older than 70 or any adult at an increased risk of bleeding.  “Clinicians should be very selective in prescribing aspirin for people without known cardiovascular disease,” cardiologist Roger Blumenthal said in a statement. "It’s much more important to optimize lifestyle habits and control bl…