LEWISVILLE, TEXAS – Medical City Lewisville’s emergency department is urging awareness after treating 13-near drowning patients in June 2018. These were the first cases that the hospital treated this year. Patient ages ranged from five to 30 years-old.
“As we enter the last month of summer vacation and people squeeze in last-minute lake vacations and pool parties, it is essential to be aware that anyone could be at risk of a water emergency,” said Lauren Buck, MD, trauma surgeon at Medical City Lewisville. “The importance of knowing the proactive and reactive steps that people can take to prevent a drowning can mean the difference between life and death.”
Dr. Buck says the rise in water emergencies is directly related to the start of summer vacation season and hot weather. About 4,000 Americans drown each year and it is the second leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tips to Help Save Lives from Accidentally Drowning
- Know the conditions of the environment, the water, and the physical abilities and limits of each swimmer to anticipate potential problems.
- Always designate at least one person to provide constant and direct supervision of swimmers.
- Always wear a life vest when participating in water activities on the lake.
- Have a rescue pole with life hook and life preserver readily available by pools for emergencies.
- Utilize fences with locked gates, pool covers and other physical barriers to prevent unguarded access to pools.
Secondary drowning and dry drowning are also concerns when children spend time in water. Both conditions require emergency care and can cause immediate or delayed breathing trouble up to 24 hours later. Symptoms include consistent coughing, chest pain, trouble breathing, or extreme fatigue.
For more safety tips, visit Medical City Healthcare’s LifeSigns blog.
About Medical City Lewisville
Medical City Lewisville is a full-service acute care hospital licensed for 186 beds. Serving the Lewisville, Flower Mound and southern Denton County since 1976, Medical City Lewisville is a Level III Trauma Center with the county’s only pediatric ER. Medical City Lewisville offers the area’s only state-designated Level III NICU along with women’s services, comprehensive cardiovascular and rehabilitation services, and is a Primary Stroke Center. Medical City Lewisville has been recognized by The Joint Commission in 2015 as a Top Performer on key quality measures, by U.S. News and World Report in 2017 as a High Performer for treatment of congestive heart failure and COPD, and is the first hospital in southern Denton County to achieve Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence.