CME Course

Descriptive Epidemiology of Pediatric Drowning Patients Presenting to a Large Southern US Children’s Hospital

This study aimed to describe characteristics of patients presenting after a drowning event to guide focused drowning prevention outreach efforts.

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Target Audience

Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is an interdisciplinary, multi-specialty Journal, and articles span the spectrum of medical topics, providing timely, up-to-date information for primary care physicians and specialists alike. The SMJ enables physicians to provide the best possible care to patients in this age of rapidly changing modern medicine.  Therefore, the readers of the SMJ are an appropriate target for this article.

Goals and Objectives

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4, and it is among the leading causes of death for children of all ages. National data show disparities in drowning risk for certain racial groups. Characteristics of drowning victims may vary significantly from national data, depending on the area involved. This study aimed to describe characteristics of patients presenting after a drowning event to guide focused drowning prevention outreach efforts. The findings of this study highlight the need for assessing local data to better inform local outreach. Further research is necessary to understand why such variance exists. Drowning prevention education, tailored toward pool safety and preschool-age children, should be a focus of injury prevention efforts. At the conclusion of the activity, learners should be better prepared to:

  1. Understand the age and gender incidence in childhood drowning victims.
  2. Analyze the demographic and clinical data in one’s own institution and community to determine local data on childhood drownings.
  3. Undertake a consensus treatment protocol plan for caring for childhood drowning victims
  4. Develop a prevention plan, based on risk management from institutional data, to present to community leaders and parents.

Course Information

CME Release Date: May 3, 2021
Valid for credit through: May 2, 2022
Course type: CME Journal Article
Estimated time of completion: 1 hour

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this Internet Activity (Enduring Material) for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board. All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • Login in below to access the article in order to study the educational content and references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

The following individuals, unless otherwise notedhave no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Manuscript Author(s):
Alicia C. Webb, MD, Austin Wheeler, MD, Alexis Ricci, MD, Blake Foxworthy, MD, Brittany Hinten, AQ4 Nipam Shah, MBBS, MPH, Kathy W. Monroe, MD, MSQI, and Michele H. Nichols, MDAlicia C. Webb, MD, Austin Wheeler, MD, Alexis Ricci, MD, Blake Foxworthy, MD, Brittany Hinten, AQ4 Nipam Shah, MBBS, MPH, Kathy W. Monroe, MD, MSQI, and Michele H. Nichols, MD

Southern Medical Association/Southern Medical Journal Editorial Staff:
Steven T. Baldwin, MD, SMJ Editor-in-Chief
G. Richard Holt, MD, Interim SMJ Editor-in-Chief
Jennifer S. Price, MA, Managing Editor
Anita McCabe, Copyeditor

Course Materials

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