Each year Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital treats about 40 children who drown or almost drown in pools, ponds or other bodies of water. An event hosted by Splash Mid-South, Le Bonheur and Safe Kids Mid-South will arm parents and other caregivers with the skills and knowledge of how to perform CPR.
On Saturday, June 28, three free CPR training sessions will be held at the MERI (Medical Education and Research Institute) at 44 South Cleveland, Memphis, Tennessee 38104. The one-hour sessions will be offered at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Certified CPR instructors from a number of other local agencies including the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, Christian Brother University paramedic students, Methodist Healthcare and Memphis Fire Departments will lead the training. Please register in advance by calling 901-287-5992. Walk-ins are welcome. Dress comfortably and bring a towel or something to kneel upon.
“As the swimming pools open for the summer, we want to remind parents how important it is to do a few simple things to protect children. The first is to learn CPR. It can truly save a life. The second is to designate a water watcher. Make sure someone always has their eyes on the children,” said Susan Helms, director of injury prevention and Safe Kids Mid-South at Le Bonheur.
Splash Mid-South, based at Le Bonheur and formed in June 2008, is a group comprised of concerned community organizations with special interest in swimming, children’s health and safety issues. The organization focuses on expanding awareness about the importance of water safety, providing swim lessons and swim team scholarships for economically disadvantaged children, and promoting minority participation in swimming in Memphis and surrounding communities.
National Statistics on Drowning from Safe Kids USA:
- On average, an annual 3,600 injuries occur to children due to a near-drowning incident.
- Each year, more than 830 children ages 14 and under die as a result of unintentional drowning.
- Home swimming pools are the most common site for a drowning to occur for a child between the ages 1 to 4 years.
- According to a national study of drowning-related incidents involving children, a parent or caregiver claimed to be supervising the child in nearly 9 out of 10 child drowning-related deaths.
- In the summer, between May and August, drowning deaths among children increase 89 percent over the rest of the year.