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RESEARCH:

Childhood Drowning: Are we staying afloat? A study of Admission Data to Starship PICU over the last 15 years

UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: University of Auckland

SUBJECT: Children
TYPE: Study
DATE: 2007


Drowning is silent, fast and can result in serious long term complications through cerebral anoxia and subsequent ischaemia, and death. Despite the fact that rates of drowning have decreased over the last 10 years it still remains one of the leading causes of accidental injury in children under the age of 14 with children less than 5 being most at risk. This study aims are to; Determine Starship hospital PICU admission rates over the last 15 years, and attempt to identify at risk groups; Determine the level of intervention required during admission (using the need for intubation and ventilation as a surrogate marker for severity); and Compare the PICU data with available community data.

 

COUNTRY

New Zealand

AUTHOR

Marcia Walker

JOURNAL / PUBLICATION

N/A

RESPONDENTS

Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) admissions for drowning over the last 15 years and compare with community data

75 admissions

1992-2007

Auckland

ACTIVITY

Swimming

Bathing

ENVIRONMENT

Pools

Bathtub

Water features

AGE

<14

GENDER

Male

Female

ETHNICITY

NZ European

Maori

Pacific Peoples

Chinese

Asian

Indian

Other

 

 
 

 

 

 

We are leading the development of customised insights that help explain New Zealand’s drowning problem, and shape interventions for safe play across our waterways.
For information contact the Head of Data, Research and Insights on wsnz@watersafety.org.nz

 
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