Drowning Myths and Facts

Monday, August 29, 2016

Drowning continues to claim lives. Experts believe that number could decrease with more knowledge about some of the myths about drowning. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at drowning myths and facts in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

More than 10 people a day die from drowning in the United States. Those numbers could decrease with a better understanding of some of the myths and facts about drowning.

Myth: Good swimmers dont drown.

Fact: Overestimating your swimming ability and rip currents are all dangerous, even for good swimmers.

Myth: People who are drowning scream and flail about.

Fact: Not always. Someone who is drowning may not realize theyre in trouble before going under water.

Myth: Electric shocks are often a cause of drowning.

Fact: Its not frequent, but it does happen. Electric-shock drowning is a danger that isnt well known but happens when someone drowns as a result of an electric shock that paralyzes them so they cant move or help themselves.

Myth: Floaties can protect young children who don't swim well.

Fact: Floaties are dangerous because they give the impression that a child who may not know how to swim is safe in the water. A child with floaties on, like all children, needs constant supervision.

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