Drowning is defined as respiratory inability for being in or under a liquid. Drowning usually occurs silently, with only a few lucky people able to wave their hands or call for help. Symptoms following rescue may include vomiting, breathing problems, confusion, or unconsciousness.
When it is warm drowning is more common areas where people has more frequent access to water. Risk factors include alcohol use, epilepsy, and low socioeconomic status. Swimming pools, bathtubs, natural bodies of water, and buckets are some common places. followed by laryngospasm, initially the person holds their breath at low oxygen levels. Later in the process typical amount of water gets into the lungs. It may be classified into three types: drowning with death, drowning with ongoing health problems and drowning with no ongoing health problems.
Complications: Hypothermia, aspiration of vomit.
Treatment: Rescue breathing, CPR.
Prevention: Fencing pools, teaching children to swim.
What to look for
2.Move the person
3.Check for Breathing
4.If the Person is Not Breathing, Check Pulse
5.If There is No Pulse, Start CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
7.Repeat if Person Is Still Not Breathing
What to worry about next
You're not out of the water once the drowning victim starts to breathe and choke. In fact, the first 48 hours after a drowning incident can be the most dangerous. Complications resulting from water exposure—pneumonia, infection, heart failure—can all occur during this time. Therefore, you should always take a drowning victim to the hospital.
Babies and Drowning
Babies are particularly vulnerable to drowning incidents, even in wading pools because they sometimes don't have enough strength to pick up their heads. If you must perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a baby, don't use forceful breaths. Instead, breathe gentle puffs of air into the baby's mouth and nose four times.
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