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07-26-2008 Paramedics Resuscitate Three Year Old After Drowning

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. this evening, Coral Springs Fire Department received a 911 call reporting a three-year-old child was found at the bottom of a pool.  The child’s father discovered the child on the bottom of the pool shortly after the pair finished swimming.  Coral Springs Fire Department units were on scene two minutes after the call was received.  The crews quickly rendered advanced life support procedures, assisted the child’s breathing, and administered aggressive care for several minutes before transporting the patient to Coral Springs Medical Center.  The child was turned over to doctors with a pulse and breathing on his own.  The quick actions of the fire rescue crews saved the life of the child.  A pool fence was surrounding the pool, but its gate was open.  During the summer months, it is important that all safety measures are taken to prevent drowning.  Drowning is still the number one cause of death in pediatric aged children.







Pool Safety Tips



Drowning is the number one cause of death for pediatric aged children.

  • Maintain constant supervision. Watch children around any body of water (pool, stream, lake, tub, toilet, bucket of water), no matter what skills your child has acquired and regardless of how shallow the water. For younger children, practice "Reach Supervision" by staying within an arm's length reach.
  • Don't rely on flotation devices and inflatable toys. These cannot replace parental supervision. Such devices could suddenly shift position, lose air or slip out from underneath, leaving the child in a dangerous situation.
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