Professional and educational updating: is it possible to increase the prevention measures and to reduce the mortality caused by drowning in the state of São Paulo?

TitleProfessional and educational updating: is it possible to increase the prevention measures and to reduce the mortality caused by drowning in the state of São Paulo?
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsGuaiano, OP, Fonseca, Aônio C, Beteli, Hélio R, Higa, EMS
Conference NameWorld Conference on Drowning Prevention
Date Published09/2007
PublisherInternational Life Saving Federation
Conference LocationPorto, Portugal
Other Numbers03-11
Abstract

­Evidences indicate that drowning is a problem worldwide. From 1996 to 2004, 23 thousand people died in consequence of drowning in the Southeast region of Brazil. Of these occurrences, 54,46% happened in the State of São Paulo (Datasus - Ministry of Health).

With the objective of improving prevention and reducing the statistics of accidents and deaths caused by drowning, the Integrated Universities of Guarulhos realized the 1st Course of Extension in Aquatic Rescue in Brazil, in June of 2001.

From this initial work until January of 2007, twenty five courses were accomplished. Of the total of courses, 92% took place in the State of São Paulo, 4% in the State of Paraná and the remaining 4% in the State of Bahia.

Of the courses accomplished in the State of São Paulo, 28% took place in higher education institutions, 64% at gyms and 8% at recreational clubs. 65% of the courses were given in São Paulo’s capital, being 4% in the metropolitan area and 31% in the countryside of the State.

This work suggests that, although the abundance of courses in aquatic rescue in São Paulo does not mean that there will be a reduction in the mortality caused by drowning in the State, a larger number of courses on professional and educational updating in this field of the knowledge can enlarge the diffusion of the prevention measures.

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