Drowning

Claims approximately 150,000 lives worldwide annually (Layon AJ, Modell JH).

A leading cause of injury related deaths in the young.

Approximately 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day in the US.


Seventh leading cause of injury deaths and second leading cause of all injury deaths in children ages 1-14.

Estimated that more than 4,000 unintentional drownings in recreational water are treated in emergency room departments annually.

During 2001 3,372 persons had fatal drownings in recreational settings.

2 of 10 unintentional drownings are of children age 14 or younger.

Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.

Between 1999-2007 more than 10,000 people below the age of 20 drowned in the United States.

It is estimated that for every child who drowns for children experienced a serious nonfatal near-drowning episode associated with permanent disability.

A significant number of drownings may be secondary to cardiac channelopathies such as congenital long QT syndrome or catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia.

With interventions such as life jacket use, barrier installations, and supervision of young children there’s been a 46% decrease in drowning fatalities for infants under age one year, and a 28% overall decrease among children of all ages.

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