World Health Organization seeking input on terms

https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/drowning/non-fatal-drowning/en/

Non-fatal Drowning Terminology

Since its adoption at the 2002 World Congress on Drowning and subsequent publication in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Volume 83, Number 11, November 2005, 808-880), the accepted definition of drowning has provided clarity for academic researchers, database administrators, and medical and public health professionals. However, the absence of a uniform understanding and consistent use of the term “non-fatal drowning” results in a lack of precision in data collection, thus hindering research efforts and limiting a full understanding of this global public health problem.

A Working Group was established in 2017 to address this issue and has met on several occasions. The Working Group on Non-fatal Drowning has developed a draft Position Statement which provides a clarification statement and categorization framework that provide coherence and uniformity for the term “non-fatal drowning”.

This Position Statement is now available for review until 15 March 2019. The 12-page document and a link through which a review can be provided are both provided at the links provided in the article.

Allegheny County Lifeguards’ Swim Exams are harder than most others because the pools are bigger

The swim test for lifeguard candidates goes something like this:

  • Swim 500 yards (20 lengths) in under 10-minutes.
  • Swim a 50-yard freestyle without goggles in under 33-seconds.
  • After a dive, do an underwater kick of 25-yards without goggles.
  • Brick return begins with a 15 yard swim, surface dive, pick-up the brick from the deep end and make it in 11-seconds or less.
  • Two different types of brick towing happen for 50-yards, under a time of 1:10 or 1:15. One is kick on the back holding the brick with both hands. The other is kicking on the side with the brick on the hip.
  • Two-minute treading with the brick in your hands.

This is not an official score-sheet and rules, but only a transcription of a conversation with a guard. So, your miles may vary. If you see an error, or have further details, write in the comments.

New drowning detection technology

Rick Kauffman, Founder of The Kels Group posted

His podcaste episode includes a LIVE DEMO that is taking place January 6, 2019.

I will be present at this demonstration as I have a personal interest in this technology. I believe that it will be a game changer and potentially save 1,000’s of lives that otherwise these people could become victims of drowning or non-fatal drownings

In this episode I will give you a way to follow my status updates so if you would like to learn more as I will be sharing with you first hand what we are going to learn in real time just as if you would be there yourself.

If you would have any question that you would like me to ask let me know and if time would allow I will ask them and broadcast the answers on next week podcast.

Listen to episode #40, and others at https://thekelsgroup.com/2019/01/03/ep040-happy-new-year-resolutions/

11-year-old boy pulls man from bottom of swim pool to save his life

Read the article on CNN. 

 

CNN web page with photo of boy, 11.
Screen-shot of the news story

A flashback to a swim-class drill

In the split second before Mareddy asked her son to help, she remembered a drill from his swim class.
“I saw him go to the bottom of the pool and collect rings and come up. That just flashed in my mind,” she said. “If he can go get three things while controlling his breath …”

The fifth-grader swam down, grabbed the man’s wrist and pulled him to the surface.
“Advaik understood the situation,” his mother said. “There was an emergency.”