Swimming pool immersion accidents: an analysis from the Brisbane drowning study

Med J Aust. 1977 Mar 26;1(13):432-7. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.1977.tb130794.x.


An analysis of a consecutive series of 66 swimming pool immersion accidents is presented; 74% of these occurred in in-ground swimming pools. The estimated accident rate per pool is five times greater for in-ground pools compared with above-ground pools, where pools are inadequately fenced. Backyard swimming pools account for 74% of pool acidents. Motel and caravan park pools account for 9% of childhood immersion accidents, but the survival rate (17%) is very low. Fifty per cent of pool accidents occur in the family's own backyard pool, and 13.6% in a neighbour's pool; in the latter the survival rate is still low at only 33%. In only one of the 66 cases was there an adequate safety fence; in 76% of cases there was no fence or barrier whatsoever. Tables of swimming pool accidents by age, season, site and outcome are presented.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents*
  • Accidents, Home
  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Australia
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Drowning / epidemiology*
  • Drowning / mortality
  • Humans
  • Immersion*
  • Infant
  • Protective Devices
  • Seasons
  • Swimming Pools*