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Drowning Prevention

Fatal and Nonfatal Drowning Statistics
Children 14 Years and Younger

The current Southern Nevada Health District Drowning Registry tracks the number of children, 0-14 years of age, who experience a submersion incident.

Submersion is a term used globally to describe both fatal and nonfatal drownings. The registry includes the number of submersion incidents that resulted in the activation of the 911 system.

A nonfatal drowning is defined as resulting in no impairment, some impairment, or significant impairment. It is estimated 20 percent of hospitalized nonfatal drowning victims suffer severe, permanent neurologic disability.

2012 - Present

Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Total Number of Submersion Incidents 54 40 34 41 3
Submersion Rate 0-14 years per 100,000 CC Residents 12.8 9.3 7.65 N/A N/A
Four Years Old & Younger 72% 83% 85% 71% 66%
Submersions in Pools Only 44 34 26 39 0
Public Pools 32% 35% 27% 36% 0
Residential Pools 68% 65% 73% 64% 0
Number of Non-Fatal Drownings 47 36 32 34 2
Number of Fatal Drownings 7 4 2 7 1
Number of Fatal Drownings 0-4 years 5 3 1 5 0

2006 - 2011

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Total Number of Submersion Incidents 40 55 54 59 41 37
Submersion Rate 0-14 per 100,000 CC Residents 9.91 13.20 12.83 14.06 9.69 8.97
Four Years Old & Younger 80% 80% 81% 95% 73% 89%
Submersions in Pools Only 30 47 50 52 38 32
Public Pools 40% 26% 34% 23% 32% 31%
Residential Pools 60% 61% 66% 77% 68% 69%
Number of Non-Fatal Drownings 33 46 45 49 33 32
Number of Fatal Drownings 7 9 10 10 8 5
Number of Fatal Drownings 0-4 5 9 10 9 7 4

2000 - 2005

Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Total Number of Submersion Incidents 50 67 56 42 39 50
Submersion Rate 0-14 per 100,000 CC Residents 16.56 20.89 16.76 12.03 10.59 13.01
Four Years Old & Younger 81% 77% 88% 81% 79% 82%
Submersions in Pools Only 41 59 45 36 30 48
Public Pools 76% 47% 42% 33% 43% 29%
Residential Pools 24% 53% 58% 67% 57% 71%
Number of Non-Fatal Drownings 44 57 49 32 35 44
Number of Fatal Drownings 6 8 6 10 4 6
Number of Fatal Drownings 0-4 5 3 6 8 3 6

1994 - 1999

Year 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Total Number of Submersion Incidents 56 47 50 53 53 62
Submersion Rate 0-14 per 100,000 CC Residents 25.92 20.44 20.55 20.43 19.35 21.52
Four Years Old & Younger 82% 85% 78% 73% 79% 86%
Submersions in Pools Only 48 39 44 47 46 54
Public Pools 31% 44% 48% 36% 37% 46%
Residential Pools 69% 56% 52% 64% 63% 54%
Number of Non-Fatal Drownings 44 40 40 47 39 52
Number of Fatal Drownings 12 7 10 6 14 10
Number of Fatal Drownings 0-4 10 6 8 5 11 9



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