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MedStar encourages everyone to be especially careful as we enter the hot summer season – here are some tips to help prevent drowning tragedies:
Know how to respond to water emergency:
· Seconds count—learn CPR.
o CPR performed by bystanders has been shown to save lives and improve outcomes in drowning victims.
o The more quickly CPR is started, the better the chance of improved outcomes.
· If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
· If someone is in the water and needs help, reach or throw something out to them - don’t go in unless you are trained.
· If the drowning is in a lake, find a landmark where the victim went underwater that is not subject to wind or tides.
o Knowing where exactly to start a search will speed the process.
· Have rescue and first aid equipment available at the pool, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.