Pool First Aid

Open almost any swimming bag and you will find a swim suit, a cap, a sun block, a towel and maybe some body lotions and swimming accessories. The one thing missing from these swim bags are first aid kits that can come in handy in the event of pool accidents. Swimming is an enjoyable activity and no matter how efficient a swimmer you are, you should never presume that CPR is the cure for all pool accidents.

Most people believe that drowning is the most likely pool accident that can occur. But, this is far from the truth. The caution rate is high against drowning as a potential pool accident. However, people tend to be oblivious of the other kinds of pool accidents that can occur. Unless the lifeguard is attractive, a first aid kit is strongly recommended for these injuries since CPR can sometimes prove to be completely futile in these pool accidents.


The contents of the first aid kit should obviously be based on the pool accidents that are most likely to happen. Let's look at the various combinations of items of a pool first aid kit and when they should be used.

a) Scrapes / Antiseptic - Kids and adults alike are likely to scrape themselves in a pool if they are regular swimmers. While most of us continue swimming in the chlorine water after a scrape, it is not advisable to do so. Leave the waters and clean the wound immediately with an antiseptic to prevent further damage.b) Cuts / Bandages (adhesive plasters) - Another pool accident that occurs frequently is cuts that may be caused by a broken tile or a sharp edge. Cleaning the wound and covering it with a bandage can prevent the wound from turning septic. c) Head injuries / Cold compress - Cases of enthusiastic swimmers hitting their heads on the floor of the pool, especially in the shallow section are very common. A cold compress helps provide instant relief to the area and prevents swelling. d) Choking / Rescue breather - Most people who have trained in CPR find that in a drowning scenario, it can get difficult to guide the air into the victim's mouth and some of the air is lost outside. A rescue breather will help provide concentrated air that is likely to work much better than human CRP. Carrying a rescue breather in the first aid box to the pool can be a lifesaving decision and is highly recommended.

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