Analysis of swimming pool accidents resulting in spinal cord injury

Barth A. Green, M. Alexander Gabrielsen, Wiley J. Hall, James O’Heir

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This paper is a summary of a study of 72 cases of swimming-pool accidents resulting in serious injuries with the potential of permanent disability. Sixty-four of the 72 cases resulted in spinal cord injuries, 57 of which involved quadriplegic lesions. The authors observed that the majority of these injuries resulted from a lack of good judgement and common sense rather than from intoxication or pool structural deficiencies. Also of note was the lack of appropriate first-aid and extrication rendered, as well as the absence of uniform treatment and care received by the majority of the patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-100
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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