Drowning First Aid

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Thousands of people drown in the United States each year. Most drownings occur within a short distance of safety. Immediate action and first aid can prevent death. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about first aid for drowning victims in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

If a person has been rescued from a near-drowning situation, quick first aid and medical attention are very important.

When someone is drowning do not place yourself in danger. If you are trained in rescuing people, do so immediately only if you are absolutely sure it will not cause you harm.

If the persons breathing has stopped, begin rescue breathing as soon as you can. Continue to breathe for the person every few seconds while moving him or her to dry land. Once on land, give CPR as needed.

Always use caution when moving a person who is drowning. Assume that the person may have a neck or spine injury, and avoid turning or bending their neck. Keep the head and neck very still during CPR and while moving the person.

Keep the person calm and still. Seek medical help right away by calling 911 or your local emergency number.

The person may cough and have difficulty breathing once breathing restarts. Reassure the person until medical help arrives.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.