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A Behavioral Approach To Pediatric Drowning

Harvey Barnett

Dr. Barnett at the Arnold Plamer Hospital in Orlando, FL.

For the last 35 years, ISR’s founder, Harvey Barnett, Ph. D., has had the honor of presenting a comprehensive drowning prevention strategy to the medical community during Pediatric Grand Rounds at more than 25 hospitals across the United States for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.

Together, we believe that a community effort involving education of the public, parents, children, pediatricians and community leaders is key to reducing the tragic drowning statistics.

If you would like to inquire about scheduling a presentation at your hospital or medical facility email us at


The American Acadamy Of Pediatrics (AAP)



In 2010 the AAP revised it’s policy statement on drowning prevention based on new information and research regarding the possible benefit of swimming lessons for young children.

The study, “Association Between Swimming Lessons and Childhood Drowning,” published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, March, 2009, by Brenner et. al., concluded that, “Participation in formal swimming lessons was associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning in the 1- to 4-year-old children…”

ISR agrees with the AAP that parents should take a multi-layered approach towards drowning prevention including pool barriers and parental supervision. Even if a child has completed swim lessons, parents must understand that no child is “drown-proof” and there is no replacement for active, effective parental supervision.

Recent Presentations Given on Pediatric Drowning Prevention

2011 Pediatric Grand Rounds – Arnold Palmer Hospital For Children.  Orlando, FL.

2011 Nursing Grand Rounds – Children’s Hospital Boston.  Boston, Massachusetts.

2011 Pediatric Grand Rounds – University of Florida, Baptist Hospital.  Jacksonville, Florida.

2011 Pediatric Grand Rounds – Einstein Medical Center.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2010 Pediatric Grand Rounds & Family Practice Grand Rounds - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

2010 Pediatric Grand Rounds – South Bend Memorial Hospital.  South Bend, Indiana.

2010 Pediatric Grand Rounds – Flagler Hospital.  St. Augustine, Florida.