Drowning Prevention and Water Safety

Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Research

In March 2020, Dell Children’s Medical Center launched a Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Program. One component of the program resides within the DCMC Injury Prevention (IP) program and the other component resides within the Dell Children’s Trauma and Injury Research Center, led by research scientist, Dr. Molly Johnson. 

Core Competencies:

The following capabilities and collaborations provide strong competitive advantages for the DCMC Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Program (DPWS):

  • Staff with extensive experience and training in database management, research development, data analysis, and writing.
  • Collaborations with the injury prevention component of the DCMC Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Program that offer opportunities for evaluation of 1) community needs and barriers to drowning prevention solutions and 2) the impact of drowning prevention program initiatives.

General Research Program Aims

The aims of the research portion of the program are as follows:

  • Use research literature to inform research aims and approaches.
  • Plan projects that involve straight-forward, yet robust data analysis.
  • Write informative research papers of research findings and publish in respected journals.
  • Present research findings at relevant conferences.
  • Write grant proposals to fund research projects.
  • Collaborate with water safety community leaders on research projects.
  • Develop research projects addressing some of the layers of protection and risks related to drowning and treatment of drowning at critical points in time:
    • Preparation 
      • Caregiver water safety and swimming education and training
      • Child water safety and swimming education and training
      • CPR training
      • Pool barriers and water access alert systems
      • Water safety signage
      • Lifeguard presence, protocols, and training
      • Legislation/policy
    • Prevention – During Water Access
      • Supervision choices
        • Water guardian
        • Arm’s reach
      • Flotation devices
    • Emergency Response
      • Rescue
      • CPR
    • Mitigation of Injury Severity
      • Clinical care and treatment of drowning victims