Someone who is drowning in the sea or in the local pool should be pulled out immediately so notify a trained lifeguard if there is one nearby. If you are a confident swimmer, get them out yourself but be very careful as they may panic and push you under the water. Once you have got the person out of harm’s way, you need to check the person is breathing normally and is not in shock.
If the person is conscious, before treating drowning, check their breathing in case there is still water in the lungs. Put your ear up to their mouth and nose and check for wheezing noises. Encourage them to cough as this may help bring the water up. If the person is unconscious, you have to check their breathing and their pulse. Also, look to see if their chest is moving.
If there are no signs of a pulse, start CPR if you are trained in this area. Begin with 30 chest compressions by putting the heel of one hand in the centre of the chest and putting the other hand on top. Push down until the chest compresses ensuring not to push on the ribs. For children, use two fingers instead of your whole hand. Follow this by two rescue breaths. Open the airways by tilting the head back and gently pulling the chin forward. Pinch the nose and cover their mouth with yours, breathing out until the chest rises. Continue CPR until the patient shows signs of life or until emergency help comes.
If you are treating drowning in a patient, did the patient go into an area of the pool that they shouldn’t have or were they careless when swimming in the deep end? They may have been reckless causing the accident themselves. However, if the person was not aware of where the deep end of the pool began and was a poor swimmer, they may not have been at fault. In addition, there should always be a lifeguard at any body of water to pull someone out as quickly as possible. The patient may have been swimming in a hazardous area of the sea or ocean which was not signposted. These are cases where the accident was the fault of someone else, and could be eligible for compensation.
If you were close to drowning and someone else was at fault, you can call Accident Advice Helpline for assistance. We are a law firm which works with victims of personal injuries that were the result of negligence and have helped thousands of people to claim compensation for their suffering. Call us today for no-obligation advice.
Date Published: October 2, 2014
Author: David Brown