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What is Drowning

Drowning Pronunciation: ˈdrau̇-niŋ

Definition: Drowning is a respiratory impairment that occurs as a result of being submerged or immersed in a liquid, typically water, where the individual is unable to breathe properly. It can lead to serious injury or death due to oxygen deprivation. Drowning can be classified as fatal (resulting in death) or non-fatal (surviving the incident but potentially suffering from lasting health complications).

Frequently Asked Questions About Drowning

What are the signs of drowning?

Signs of drowning may include:

  1. Panic and distressed behavior, such as flailing arms and legs.
  2. Struggling to keep the head above water, with the mouth at or below the surface.
  3. Gasping or hyperventilating.
  4. Inability to call for help, as the person is focused on trying to breathe.
  5. Glassy or closed eyes.
  6. Unconsciousness and lack of movement.

How can I help someone who is drowning?

If you witness someone drowning:

  1. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
  2. Assess your own safety and the environment before attempting a rescue.
  3. If possible, use a reaching or throwing aid, such as a lifebuoy, rope, or long stick, to help the person without entering the water.
  4. If you must enter the water and are trained in water rescue, approach the person cautiously and use a flotation device for support.
  5. Once the person is out of the water, check for responsiveness and breathing. If the person is unresponsive and not breathing or only gasping, begin CPR and continue until professional help arrives.

How can I prevent drowning?

To prevent drowning:

  1. Supervise children closely around water and designate a responsible adult as the “water watcher.”
  2. Teach children to swim and educate them about water safety.
  3. Use appropriate flotation devices, such as life jackets, when swimming or boating.
  4. Install barriers, such as fences or alarms, around home swimming pools.
  5. Learn CPR and water rescue techniques to be prepared in case of an emergency.

Remember that drowning can happen quickly and silently, so it is essential to always be vigilant and prepared when near water.