Fast Five Quiz: Drowning and Water-Related Health Concerns

Richard H. Sinert, DO


May 13, 2022

The risk of drowning is increased for individuals with certain medical conditions, including dysrhythmias, epilepsy, and autism. The highest drowning rates reported by the World Health Organization are seen among children aged 1-4 years, followed by children aged 5-9 years. However, a bimodal age distribution is noted, and adolescents aged 15-19 years are also at increased risk. Men have twice the overall drowning mortality rate of women and are more likely to be hospitalized. Lower socioeconomic status, being a member of an ethnic minority, lack of higher education, and rural populations have all been associated with increased drowning risk, although this varies by location.

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