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Health care professional talks water safety after multiple near-drownings

A critical care manager provided advice on swimming and water safety after an increase in near-drownings in Starkville.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 6:56 PM
Updated: Jul 12, 2019 9:25 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Three people nearly drowned in Starkville in recent weeks.

All of the near-drownings happened since May 18, and all three were treated at the OCH Regional Medical Center.

OCH Regional Medical Center’s critical care manager Eddie Coats said that number is higher than normal for Starkville because the emergency room usually sees one to two cases like this a year.

Coats said the key to these near-drownings was when CPR was initiated on the three victims.

In the third near-drowning, Coats said CPR was delayed, and now the victim is in critical condition.

He encourages parents to watch kids in the water closely, give kids swimming lessons, child-proof swimming areas in the home and turn over kiddie pools and buckets to ensure no water is left unattended.

Coats said it only takes a couple of inches of water and 30 seconds for a child to drown.

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