Policy, Politics, and Global Health TrendsPam Hippolyte BSN, RNWestern Governors UniversityA1.Public Policy Issue. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury related death among children ages 1-14. The majority occurring in residential swimming pools and in open water sites. “Florida drowning death rates among children ages 1-4 is the highest in the nation.” “According to the department of health enough children drown in Florida each year to fill three to four preschool classrooms” (). Policy idea is that CPR should be made mandatory for all adults in the State of Florida. The of the policy is to decrease the risk of death and or brain injury related to drowning, by teaching all adults CPR in the state of Florida.A1a.The issue was selected because according to the “Department of Children and Families in 2015, 84 children died due to drowning and 100% of these deaths were preventable.” “Children under the age of 3 account for 70% of the death by drowning in 2016” (). “The death of a child is a tragedy, but it is extremely painful when it is preventable” says DCF secretary David Frady. Not only are the families left to suffer, but the impact on the first responders and health care workers can be debilitating. These tragedies create mental stress amongst health care workers and first responders whose every effort is to put life back into those lifeless bodies. The death of child is like no other death to health care workers, and forces employers to seek out council and create debriefing sessions to help staff cope with the emotional stress. On October 15th, 2017 I was one of the trauma nurses who had to work one of two pediatric codes that came into the Emergency department. A three andfour-year-old, found face down in the pool because dad had fallen asleep. This is only one of the several drowning deaths that I have had to cope with as an ER nurse. It is necessary that as a community and health care workers we legislate for a change.
A1b. “Drowning is defined as the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid” (BJN 2017). The relevance of the issue is that these deaths occur because of the lack of supervision. The BJN article talks about the global impact on drowning and its high prevalence in ages 1-4. The article goes on to say that “it is important that health care workers are vigilant regarding conditions, as early recognition time is critical in management of the drowning victim” (BJN 2017). The most important prevention the article states is a supervised environment and educating families on risk and prevention. Child drowning deaths are highly preventable, and all parents should make sure thatchildren are properly supervised or held responsible. Current legislature on residential swimming pool safety in Florida 2017 Statutes Title XXXIII Chapter 515 are geared toward new pools hot tubs or spas. Safety requirements meaning a fence or wall, an alarm that makes
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