Drowning in childhood and adolescence: A population-based study

G. J. Wintemute, J. F. Kraus, S. P. Teret, M. Wright

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We present the results of a residence-based study of drownings among Sacramento County, California children and adolescents ages 0-19 years for the years 1974-84. Children ages 1-3 had the highest drowning rates. The majority of drownings in this group, and one-third of all drownings in the study, occurred in residential swimming pools. Males ages 15-19 had a high drowning rate as well; at least 38 per cent of drownings in that age group were alcohol-associated. The implications for preventive efforts are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)830-832
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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