Hudson, Florida (June 6, 2014) – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s Trauma Center announces that it is again launching its Water Safety program in collaboration with waterproofFL. The goal of the campaign is to call awareness to the necessary barriers to save a child’s life in and around water.
Florida continues to lead the country in drowning deaths of children ages one to four. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s Trauma Center’s literature states, “Drowning can be a silent catastrophe, one that can happen in the few minutes you take to throw in a load of laundry. You are the first ‘layer of protection’ in helping protect children around swimming pools.”
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Emergency Services Department reminds us that there are three layers of protection:
- Supervision – The latest statistics available state that 71% of drowning occurred in residential swimming pools. Supervision, the first and most crucial layer of protection, means that someone is always actively watching when a child is in the pool.
- Barriers – A child should never be able to enter the pool area unaccompanied by a guardian. The Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act (Chapter 515, Florida Statues) requires one of the following pool safety measures for pools built after October 1, 2000.
- Child-proof locks on all doors
- Pool safety fence – with child-proof self-latching devices on all gates
- An approved safety cover
- Door/window and pool alarms
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s Trauma Center strongly recommends the use of a combination of the barriers described above.
- Emergency preparedness – The moment the child stops breathing there is a small, precious window of time for resuscitation to have a chance to be effective. You must know what to do. Even if you’re not a parent, it’s important to learn CPR. The techniques are easy to learn and can mean the difference between life and death. In an emergency it is critical to have a phone nearby to immediately call 911. For information about CPR classes, call 1-877-AHA-4CPR (1-877-242-4277).
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is offering a complimentary package of “Water Watcher” tags to further promote water safety. Each tag states, “I am wearing this tag to help prevent children from drowning. I agree to supervise children in and around water. I will not leave the area without a replacement.”
For a complimentary package of Water Watcher tags and other literature, please call 727-869-5498 or toll free 877-442-2362.
About Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
Regional Medical Center Bayonet has been serving the community since 1981. We are a 290-bed acute care hospital located in Hudson, FL and home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute. We have more than 350 physicians, 1,264 employees and 500 volunteers on our integrated healthcare delivery team.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has achieved distinction in the following areas:
- Level II Trauma Center
- 2011 and 2012 Top Performing Hospital for Key Quality Measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care – The Joint Commission
- Certified Advance Primary Stroke Center – Joint Commission
- Heart & Stroke Champions Award Winner 1998 – 2011
- MRI, CT, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine Accredited – American College of Radiology
- Approved, with Commendation, Community Cancer Program – American College of Surgeons.
- 10 Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certifications: primary stroke center, acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery bypass graft, heart failure, joint replacement hip, joint replacement knee, lung cancer, pneumonia, wound care!
- Awarded Hospital Safety Score of “A” in four consecutive rankings by The Leapfrog Group.
- Recipient of the 2013 American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Performance Achievement Award in heart failure.
- Recipient of the 2013 and 2014 American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Performance Achievement Award in stroke.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is located at 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson, FL. 34667. For additional information on Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point visit www.rmchealth.com or www.heartoftampa.com or visit us on Facebook.