Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Near Drowning Incidence

Facts about drowning and near drowning:

  • There are about 5,500 drownings per year in the United States.
  • Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
  • Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in people between 5 and 44 years of age.
  • About 15% of children experience near drowning by middle-school age.
  • Up to 33% of adults have experienced near drowning at some time.
  • Alcohol use is present in about 50% of adult drownings.
  • Drowning is most common in teenagers and in children less than 4 years of age
  • More than 40% of drownings are in the under 4 age group.
  • Pools are the most common sites of drownings.

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Last Updated: Apr 9, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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