WEBINAR: Understanding The True Burden Of Drowning In Canada (Nov. 23)

Understanding The True Burden Of Drowning In Canada: The Epidemiology And Prevention Of Non-Fatal Drowning

Thursday, November 23, 2017

10:00 to 11:00 AM PST


Dr. Tessa Clemens
Research Fellow, Centre for Global Child Health, SickKids Hospital


Abstract: Non-fatal drowning is a significant cause of morbidity from water-related injury events, yet there is a paucity of information on its incidence. Most epidemiological studies of drowning have focused on fatalities only; consequently, there is a lack of evidence on the characteristics of non-fatal drowning. The majority of existing non-fatal studies focus on children and adolescents only, and often do not include water transport related drowning events. This talk will present the results of a recent study of non-fatal drowning in Canada. The objectives are to describe the burden of non-fatal drowning in Canada, and to identify which characteristics differ significantly between non-fatal and fatal drowning incidents with a view to implications for drowning prevention. ​

Dr. Tessa Clemens’ area of focus is pediatric injury surveillance. Her PhD research focused on the epidemiology and prevention of drowning in Canada, and the reporting and classification of drowning deaths worldwide. Tessa participated in the creation of the first Canadian Drowning Prevention Plan and is the author of numerous provincial and national drowning reports.


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