Fatal and Nonfatal Drowning Statistics
The Southern Nevada Health District Drowning Registry tracks the number of children in Clark County, ages 0-14 years old, who experience a submersion incident that results in the activation of the 911 system.
Please note: this registry does not capture all pediatric submersion incidents in Clark County. The purpose of this registry is to provide a real-time estimate of pediatric submersions and to gather additional information about the risk factors of pediatric submersion incidents. Fatal drownings are reported in the table below after being confirmed through a death certificate review.
Submersion is a term used globally to describe both fatal and nonfatal drownings. A nonfatal drowning is defined as resulting in no impairment, some impairment, or significant impairment. Studies conducted in Australia, Great Britain, the United States, and Thailand show that between 5% and 35% of hospitalized nonfatal drowning victims suffer severe, permanent neurologic disability.
2019 – 2021
|Total Number of Submersion Incidents Reported to Registry||39||26||2|
|% among 0-4 Year Olds||69%||88%||50%|
|Number of Submersions in Pools Only||35||21||2|
|% in Public Pools||46%||43%||50%|
|% in Residential Pools||54%||57%||50%|
|Number of Fatal Drownings among 0-14 year olds||9||5||0|
|Number of Fatal Drownings among 0-4 year olds||5||5||0|
|This table was updated on March 23, 2021|
2016 – 2018
|Total Number of Submersion Incidents Reported to Registry||50||64||51|
|% among 0-4 Year Olds||88%||76%||88%|
|Number of Submersions in Pools Only||39||53||40|
|% in Public Pools||28%||43%||40%|
|% in Residential Pools||72%||57%||60%|
|Number of Fatal Drownings among 0-14 year olds||9||10||6|
|Number of Fatal Drownings among 0-4 year olds||6||8||5|
|This table was updated on April 23, 2020|
Updated on: April 1, 2021