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Drowning Facts

LET'S GET SERIOUS: Drowning There were 3,443 accidental drowning deaths in 2007. On average, this accounts to deaths a day. 27% Drowning is responsible for 27% 9f deaths in children aged 4 and under. Зх Maleş are A more likely to drown Alcohol served as a MAJOR factor in drowning deaths for males agěd 15-24. Distress period can last from 20 seconds to 3 minutes. There are 5 stages of drowning: Surprise: Victim recognizes danger and becomes afraid. Involuntary Breath Holding: Victim lays under the static water line then starts holding his/her breath in an attempt to save themself. Unconsciousness: Due to the lack of oxygen the body starts to shut itself down. As a result, the victim becomes uncónscious. Hypoxic Convulsions: Due to the lack of oxygen to the brain the victim's skin turn blue and he/she starts to get convulsions. There are also signs of frothing at the mouth, body jerking, as well as, blue lips and fingernäils. Clinical Death: Breathing and circulation cease. The victim is in cardiac arrest and the fieart stops pumping blood. How to spot a drowner: - Swimmer is bobbing vertically in the water. - Face/mouth is reappearing on the surface of the water. - Arms are pushing water for leverage. - Eyes tell you everything. Sources: Healthkey Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention American Red Cross Jeff Ellis and Associates Information used without permission. No copyright infringement intended. Used for educational purposes only.

Drowning Facts

shared by ivodee on Aug 02
This infographic outlines the different drowning stages, as well as, a few facts regarding drowing victims.


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