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Prevention must be taken into account when bathing and swimming. Rescuers recommend bathing in ‘healthy’ water, not entering it with open wounds, infectious diseases or fever.
Forget about alcohol!
“We enter the water slowly to avoid heat shock, and if there is a storm, or is approaching, we will never bathe in open water.” Alena Krčová, a spokeswoman for the Emergency Medical Service Operations Center (OSZZS) of the Slovak Republic.
However, the basic rule, according to her, is to avoid alcohol, which is significantly signed under the numbers of deaths, as well as unnecessary overestimation of strength. “There are cases when bathers jump into unknown water, in which the bottom is not visible, they do not know the depth, or they do not know if there are no objects in it. The result can be severe injuries to the head and spine, or even fatal consequences. “ Krčová approached.
Fast and quiet
She emphasized that special attention should always be paid to the safety of children. “If we are by the water, or we have a swimming pool in the garden, it is important to always have children under supervision. A small child can drown in shallow water, not in a minute. Heating is fast and quiet in such cases. “ the rescue spokeswoman warned.
If a person witnesses drowning, the emergency line 112 or 155 must be contacted immediately.
“For lay rescuers, we do not try to save the drowning person as in the film by swimming. Unfortunately, the result can be that the drowning person pulls the rescuer underwater, “ added Krčová.
If the drowning person no longer reacts and does not breathe, it is necessary to get him out of the water without aids. “Immediately after being pulled ashore, we begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). We place it on our backs, tilt our heads to clear the airways, and unlike classic CPR, we start with five breaths. If they don’t help, we compress the chest at a ratio of 30 compressions to two breaths, to a depth of five to six centimeters and at a frequency of 100 – 120 compressions per minute, “ Krčová explained.
If a person does not know the exact procedure, the emergency line operator will instruct him step by step. “It is important not to stop CPR until rescuers arrive at the scene. We have cases where the drowning man was saved even after tens of minutes in the water, “ Krčová summed up.
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