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RMCBP Emergency Services Department Launches Water Safety Program

August 26, 2011

Hudson, Florida – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Emergency Services Department has announced the launching of a 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 leads the country in drowning deaths of children ages one to four. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Emergency Services Department’s literature states, “Drowning can be a silent catastrophe, one that can happen in the few minutes you take to answer a phone or run inside for a towel. 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:

1.    Supervision – In 2008, 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.

2.    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.

  • Pool safety fence
  • Safety cover
  • Door/window alarms
  • Self-closing, self-latching devices

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Emergency Services Department strongly recommends the use of a combination of the barriers described above.

3.    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, 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 facility located in Hudson, FL and home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute. We have over 350 physicians, 900 employees and 500 volunteers who comprise our integrated healthcare delivery team.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has achieved distinction in the following areas:

  • Certified Advanced Heart Failure - Joint Commission (1st in the State of Florida  - 1/2010)
  • Certified Advance Primary Stroke Center - Joint Commission
  • American Heart Association 2011 Get With the Guidelines Triple Performance Award Winner (only hospital in Tampa Bay area to receive this Award)
    • Gold Award in Coronary Artery Disease
    • Gold Plus Award in Heart Failure
    • Gold Plus Award in Stroke
  • American Heart Association's 2009 Stroke Silver Plus Performance Award Winner (1st in State of Florida)
  • Heart & Stroke Champions Award Winner 1998 – 2010
  • Wound Care and Accredited Hyperbaric Medicine
  • MRI, CT, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine Accredited - American College of Radiology
  • Approved, with Commendation, Community Cancer Program - American College of Surgeons.
  • Accredited Chest Pain Center, with PCI - Society of Chest Pain Centers.
  • Designated a 100 Top Hospital seven years by Thomson Reuters
  • Named twice (1999 & 2002) by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Heart and Heart Surgery.

Marketing & Public Relations Contact:
Kurt Conover
(727) 861-5141