Danger in the Water: Pediatric Drowning

SS of Danger in the WaterChildren and water… a great way to ease the summer sizzle, but another way for kids to find trouble!   Our actions on scene and our prehospital medical care can make a huge difference in the child’s outcome and future neurological development.

This continuing education focuses on prehospital BLS and ALS treatment of the pediatric aquatic distress and drowning victim, covering a wide variety of topics ranging from basic first responder rescue to advanced resuscitation.

We’ll explore:

  • What exactly *is* drowning, and at what point is the victim in harm’s way?  This CE will take you step-by-step through the drowning process.
  • Prehospital treatment, including guidance from the American Heart Association’s 2015 update and their recommendations for pediatric pulseless arrest.
  • Pathophysiology:  What really happens to the airway when our patient aspirates water, and what are some of the myths?
  • What other problems can occur that are not even related to the airway itself, such as pool-acquired gastrointestinal infections.


The education is presented in a downloadable pdf file and is suitable for all certification levels.   Please remember to always follow your own service’s treatment protocol.



Step 1: Media: Download the education’s pdf file (26 MB) from our DropBox account: Danger in the Water Pediatric Drowning CE.pdf

You don’t need a DropBox account or login to access the file; just click on the download button you’ll see on the page.

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Step 2: Take the Quiz at QuestBase.  Log into your QuestBase account at www.questbase.com/a/umcems.  If you don’t have a free account yet, please visit our “Sign Up page for information on how to obtain one.  Once you’ve logged in, look for the CE entitled:”Danger in the Water: Prehospital Care of the Pediatric Drowning Victim“.

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Step 3: Education you’ll earn upon successful completion:  

  • Texas state: 1 hour for Pediatrics


  • NREMT for NCCP requirements: 1 hour total with:
    • 0.5 hour of Cardiovascular – Pediatric Cardiac Arrest and
    • 0.5 hour of Local/Individual Continued Competency

Applies to Paramedic, Advanced EMT, and EMT.