W.H.O – Preventing a Leading Killer
Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide.
The World Health Organisation reveals that drowning claims the lives of estimated 372,000 people worldwide ever year. Every hour of every day, more than 40 people lose their lives to drowning.
In Australia, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death in children aged 1-3 years. We have had a 30% increase in the incidence of drownings in the last 5 years.
There were 271 drowning deaths in Australia last year, of that 100 were in NSW.
- 26 were aged between 0 – 4 – falls into water being the main cause
- 9 were aged between 5 – 14 – swimming and recreating being the main cause
- 23 were aged between 15 – 24 – swimming and recreating being the main cause
Kids Health at The Children’s Hospital Westmead is dedicated to the prevention of children drowning. In NSW, there were an additional total of 89 hospital admissions from non-fatal drowning among children 0-16 years in 2012-2013, which increased to 99 in 2013- 2014.
This means that there are at least eight children admitted to hospital for non-fatal drowning for each drowning death.
Non-fatal drowning in children can lead to a life time of profound physical and mental delays.
Swimming and Water Safety lessons are vital to assist our children stay safe. Supervision, pool fencing, and CPR are important to help prevent drowning and near drowning.
The question remains:
WHEN IS A ‘GOOD SWIMMER’ A COMPETENT SWIMMER?
‘GOOD vs COMPETENT – THERE’S A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE’