ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Harrah’s Regional Trauma Center at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) and Infant Swimming Resource (www.infantswim.com) today announced water safety tips for families in recognition of May being Water Safety Month.
National Drowning Statistics and Facts1
“It is important for families to understand that drowning is quick and silent, you won’t hear a splash,” said Cathy Dudick, MD, trauma surgeon, ARMC. “Parents must maintain constant, eyes-on, uninterrupted supervision and never leave their child alone near any body of water. In the incident parental supervision fails, having chosen a swimming program that teaches your child the skills to survive in the water could save his or her life.”
Water Safety Tips:
CEO (Constant Eyes-On) Supervision - Never turn your back on your child around water. It takes just seconds for him/her to be in serious trouble. Assign supervision responsibilities so there are never questions about which adult is responsible for watching the child.
Safeguard Your Pool - Build layers of defense around the pool. Permanent four-sided fencing that encloses the entire pool area should be four to six feet high and equipped with self-closing, self-latching gates.
Put Toys Away - Remove all toys from the pool when they are not in use. These colorful objects can be very attractive to little eyes. This also includes furniture and other objects in the pool area that children might use to climb over the fence.
Eliminate Distractions - The leading cause of distractions around the pool is an adult leaving to answer the phone, attend to something inside the home or helping someone else in or around the water. If you must leave, take the child/children with you.
Teach Water Safety - Learn and enforce all the water rules and, above all, teach by your example -- never swim alone, obey lifeguard warnings, refrain from running around pool decks, follow ‘no diving’ signs, and always wear a life jacket when boating, fishing or playing in or near deep or fast-moving water.
Floatation Device Dangers - Flotation devices such as armbands, floatation rings and inflatable toys give parents and children a false sense of security. These devices can shift suddenly, deflate or slip from underneath, leaving a child in a very dangerous situation.
Self-Rescue Swimming Lessons - Do your research in selecting an effective swimming program. Choose a program that will teach your child the skills to survive in the water. Self-Rescue skills are vital for infants and young children if they were to end up in the water alone. Instructors should have current CPR and first aid certification. Confirm that the instructor is certified to teach survival swimming skills.
AtlantiCare is the first health care organization in the nation to offer Infant Swimming Resource’s (ISR) nationally recognized Self-RescueTM program. To register for lessons or learn more about the AtlantiCare program please visit www.atlanticare.org or call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000.
About ISR classes at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter
ISR’s Self-Rescue swimming lessons are for babies six months to children six years of age. The ISR lesson experience is a comprehensive four to six-week program with each lesson customized for the child. Participants will take classes five days a week for ten minutes for four to six weeks.
Babies six months to 12 months learn to hold their breath under water, roll onto their backs and float unassisted.
One year to six year olds learn to hold their breath underwater, swim with their head down and eyes open, roll onto their back to float, rest, breathe, and roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool and can crawl out. Once skilled, children will practice these techniques fully clothed.
About Infant Swimming Resource
Infant Swimming Resource (ISR), founded in 1966, is nationally recognized as the safest provider of swimming lessons for children six months to six years of age. With a passionate focus on baby swimming safety, and as the nation’s only behaviorally-based swim instruction program, ISR designed its program for parents who are dedicated to their child’s safety, education and developmental needs. ISR’s emphasis on ensuring that not one more child drowns is founded on Dr. Harvey Barnett’s Self-Rescue™ training, proven to help young children survive in a drowning scenario. ISR’s nationwide network of highly qualified, certified instructors has successfully trained more than 200,000 babies and toddlers and delivered more than seven million lessons with a 100 percent safety and survival rate, with no injuries and 789 documented cases of a child’s self-rescue using ISR techniques.
AtlantiCare is a regional healthcare organization based in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, whose more than 5,000 employees serve the healthcare needs of the community at more than 60 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner, AtlantiCare includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC), the AtlantiCare Foundation, AtlantiCare Health Plans, AtlantiCare Behavioral Health and AtlantiCare Health Services. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008.
1. Statistics courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online] (2005) and the National Safe Kids Campaign, Clear Danger: A National Study of Childhood Drowning and Related Attitudes and Behaviors (2004).
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