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Children’s Hospital SAFE KIDS program unveils drowning prevention education video

Kim Patrick, coordinator of SAFE KIDS
Kim Patrick, coordinator of SAFE KIDS Inland Empire at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, interviews with KTTV Channel 11 and the San Bernardino Sun newspaper at the premiere showing of the drowning prevention education video.
In an effort to prevent one more child drowning, the San Bernardino County sheriff, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital SAFE KIDS of the Inland Empire, and many collaborating agencies have developed an educational video which screened on Tuesday, May 16, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Redlands Krikorian Theater.

Drowning is 100 percent preventable. For each child who drowns, four other children do not die from their drowning event.

Some of these children return home to lead normal lives; yet others, while still alive, suffer from numerous and complicated medical issues for the rest of their lives.

The SAFE KIDS Coalition has collaborated with other agencies to develop a form called the Submersion Incident Report Form (SIRF) in order to collect much-needed information to ensure an effective prevention message. This form has been approved for use by law enforcement, fire, and first responding agencies.

To support the effort and to begin implementing this form county wide, the under sheriff joined the event as well as firefighters, public health, and other agencies who have already implemented SIRF.

Drowning cannot be eliminated without the support of the community and its leaders.

By Preston Smith

TODAY news for Thursday, June 8, 2006