Thursday, December 20, 2012

Groote Schuur Hospital: Diving accidents need to be prevented

Lusanda Bill
20 December 2012

Groote Schuur Hospital’s Acute Spinal Cord injury Unit today said they have admitted and treated about seven patients every year who sustain severe neck injuries caused by diving.

Western Cape Communications Officer at Groote Schuur Hospital Alaric Jacobs said they are expecting an increase this year of cases of severe neck injuries due to diving incidents since this month they have admitted four patients already.

Groote Schuur Hospital’s Acute Spinal Cord injury Unit is urging people when diving they must dive feet first.  Head first diving, whether with outstretched arms is extremely risky.
 
Jacobs added that diving accidents are preventable.

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