Despite a recent decrease in drowning deaths, the number of drownings in Australia remains too high. Being reminded of key considerations for a drowning emergency is helpful preparation for health professionals who may take control at the scene.
As a GP doing shifts in the local emergency department (ED), you remember each case of drowning you have seen over the years. These cases are so distressing for all – family, friends, first responders, even ambulance, police and ED staff. You and your family enjoy the seaside, and at times you have helped in drowning incidents. It is an area of ongoing interest to you. After another near tragic case of a toddler who was found in the nick of time at the bottom of a backyard pool, you are happy to do a review of the topic for the ED education session.