Treatment and Prevention of Drowning

Publication Date: December 1, 2019
Last Updated: March 14, 2022

Recommendations

Rescue of the Drowning Patient

Reaching the Patient

Persons without formal water rescue training should attempt rescues from a safe location by reaching, throwing, or rowing to the drowning patient. Persons with formal water rescue training should perform in-water rescues according to their level of training and with personal protective and safety equipment. There is insufficient evidence to recommend specific rescue devices. If specialized rescue equipment is available, participants should be familiar with the location and purpose of this equipment, and designated rescue personnel with proper training should be tasked with its use in the event of a water rescue. (1 – Strong, C)
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Treatment and Prevention of Drowning

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