|Title||“Who Drowns in the United States?”|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||1997|
|Conference Name||International Medical-Rescue Conference|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||San Diego, California, USA|
Between 1988 and 1994, U.S. drowning rates have steadily declined, with 3,942 deaths (1.57 per 100,000 population) in 1994. To determine if the risk of drowning is uniform across all groups of individuals and in all recreational waters, we must examine the major risk factors for drowning-age, sex, race, and setting-and a number of behavioral risk factors. Appropriate interventions can be developed once we understand the risk factors for drowning.