The team at Exceptional Emergency Center hears of at least one drowning emergency every summer in the Harlingen, TX, and Fort Worth, TX, areas. Summer is an especially high-risk time, as many people seek relief from the relentless Texas heat by taking a dip in a lake, pond, or pool. While most people don’t think too much about drowning, the fact is that it can happen to anyone. Infants and toddlers are especially at risk, but it takes very little time for even an adult to drown if the circumstances are right.
Here are a few examples of factors associated with an increased risk of drowning according to the International Life Saving Federation:
- Being male: Men have a higher overall risk of drowning.
- Time of day: Drowning occurs most frequently in the afternoon and after dark.
- Unsupervised areas: Swimming in an unsupervised area such as a pond or lake is dangerous.
Although the factors above are associated with an increased risk, it’s important to remember that they do not represent all drowning cases and that many people who drown never even meant to go into the water in the first place.
If you are ever in a situation where someone has been underwater and has experienced a drowning or near drowning incident, get emergency help as quickly as possible to assess the person’s condition and administer CPR and other care as needed. Do not delay; this is a life-threatening emergency and every moment counts. Even if the person is unconscious or not responsive, they may still respond to medical treatment. Only a professional should evaluate their condition.
Awareness is probably one of the most important factors in preventing drowning. Simple steps, such as making sure children are never left unattended around water, even for a moment, can be very helpful. Swimming where there are lifeguards present, wearing a life preserver in a boat, and using caution around areas where one could fall into the water are all good preventative measures.
Additional safety measures, such as proper pool fencing, using caution when diving into water, and taking breaks to rest when swimming recreationally, can also help prevent problem situations from arising in the first place.
Post-incident medical care
Anyone involved in a near drowning incident should follow up with a visit to a medical care facility for evaluation. At Exceptional Emergency Center in Harlingen, TX, and Fort Worth, TX, we are able to check for possible complications, such as fluid problems in the body and other issues. Pneumonia, vocal chord issues, and acute respiratory distress syndrome can develop in those who have experienced near-drowning incidents. Care should be taken to watch for possible symptoms, including breathing difficulties and fever.
If you or someone you know has experienced a near drowning incident, come in and have our staff check you out to make sure you are not suffering from any issues related to the event. It’s always better to be on the safe side!
Contact us for a medical evaluation!