Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WHO: Global Report on Drowning

This week, the World Health Organization released their Global Report on Drowning, their first ever report fully dedicated to the burden of drowning.  Definitely worth the read.  Highly focused on developing nations, a movement we have seen in the drowning prevention world over the last decade.   Here is what I like about the report:
  • Concise synopsis of the current data
  • Comments on the current quality of data 
  • Beautiful graphics that can be used to present some of the key findings
  • Inclusion of the "Ten Actions to Prevent Drowning"
In terms of visualizing the overall low quality of data collection that exists in the countries that are most impacted, see this map below; all of the countries that are not blue are not included in the data:

I think graphics like this make this report a very high impact one in terms of providing simplified evidence for organizations and countries to use when lobbying for funding and resources.  Take the time to go through this report from start to finish.  No matter your involvement with drowning prevention and treatment, you will get something out of it that will better your teachings, research, and global view on the burden of drowning.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

JEM Letter to The Editor

Here is our Letter to The Editor that will be published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine bringing attention to the misuse of the dated term "near-drowning".  (click link below to view)

More information on the definition of drowning and correct terminology can be found here:

Schmidt A, Sempsrott J. Near drowning and adult respiratory distress syndrome [Letter to Editor]. J Emerg Med. 2014. (Online)