Jun 20, 2019

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: What does a drowning look like? Dr. Scott Youngquist, I hear it's not often what somebody imagines.

Dr. Youngquist: No, not at all, Scott, it's different than we expect. Most people expect a scene from "Jaws" where somebody's thrashing and flailing at the top of the water. Drownings are remarkably undramatic.

Interviewer: So I suppose it really could catch a parent off-guard if they're not really carefully watching their kids.

Dr. Youngquist: Got to watch your kids at all time because drownings are silent and can happen very quickly.

Interviewer: All right. And what are some of the signs I should look out for if it's not the splashing and flailing?

Dr. Youngquist: Well, you want to watch for someone who is mostly submerged in the water. They may have their mouth exposed as they gasp for air. They may be climbing an invisible ladder, so to speak, as they doggy-paddle their way up to the surface. And they may often have hair covering their eyes, which is unusual for somebody who's just playing in the pool. So I recommend parents watch their children continuously because drownings happen silently and suddenly.

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