Drowning: Latest Research

CAPIC SYSTEMATIC REVIEW DATABASE & SAFETYLIT

A huge amount of research on preventing injuries is carried out across the world. It is difficult for injury prevention practitioners to keep up to date with the latest scientific evidence. Increasingly, scientists are pulling together all the high quality studies on particular topics and collating the results in systematic reviews.

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HIGHLIGHTED RESEARCH

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DROWNING RESEARCH IDENTIFIES POTENTIAL TARGETS FOR WATER SAFETY CAMPAIGNS

Young Scottish and Welsh men, some watersports and areas with the greatest amount of inland water should be targeted for drowning prevention campaigns, according to the findings of a pioneering analysis of water fatality figures.

The research, funded with a RoSPA/BNFL Scholarship, used data on 791 accidental drowning deaths that occurred in inland waters in Great Britain in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Inland waters include swimming pools, lakes, reservoirs, rivers, canals, ponds and water in the home, such as baths.

The project, carried out by Greenstreet Berman Ltd in partnership with the leisure safety team at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF), identified drowning risk factors to help determine the case for improving water safety and targeting campaigns. The NWSF’s Water Incident Database, which is the first valid and complete national database of drowning, provided the data used in the research.

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