Lifeguards without Borders Fights Drowning

The non-profit organization aims to lessen the global burden of drowning


 
 

Andrew Schmidt, DO, MPH, | Bryan Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, FAAEM, EMT-P | Justin Sempsrott, MD, | Seth C. Hawkins, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAWM | | Monday, July 23, 2012


 Lifeguards without borders (LWB) is a non-profit organization comprising lifeguards and healthcare professionals who are devoted to doing their part to lessen the global burden of drowning through domestic and international training, program development and research. Organized in 2006, LWB was founded by Justin Sempsrott, MD, and Andrew Schimdt, DO, MPH, after providing water safety and drowning education to various low- and middle-income countries. Approximately 97% of the world’s drowning deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. 

LWB has provided additional lifeguards for large scale events, such as Carnaval in Ecuador; donated whistles, buoys and rescue boards; executed lifeguard instructor training programs in Peru; taught many EMS, nursing and physician courses; and performed medical research on drowning. LWB partners with other international lifesaving and drowning prevention agencies to provide logistical, educational and resource support.

Supporting LWB
Interested in becoming involved with LWB? LWB is always looking for lifeguard and non-lifeguard, medical and non-medical personnel to join them in travels, assisting with logistics and spreading the word. You can support LWB by “liking” them on Facebook, or share your lifesaving stories. You can visit the website at www.LifeguardsWithoutBorders.org. You can also click on the “donations” button on the website to make a contribution. All medical and lifesaving equipment in working order and monetary donations are tax deductible.




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Related Topics: Patient Care, Airway and Respiratory, Lifeguards Without Borders, drowning, Bryan Bledsoe

Andrew Schmidt, DO, MPH,is a second-year emergency medicine resident at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville and co-founder of Lifeguards Without Borders. He can be contacted at Andrew@lifeguardswithoutborders.org.

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Bryan Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, FAAEM, EMT-PDr. Bledsoe is an emergency physician and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the EMS fellowship at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas. He is the author of numerous EMS textbooks and articles.

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Justin Sempsrott, MD,is a third-year emergency medicine resident at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and co-founder and chief executive officer of Lifeguards Without Borders. He can be contacted at Justin@lifeguardswithoutborders.org.

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Seth C. Hawkins, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAWM

is an emergency physician and EMS medical director in North Carolina. He’s the founder of the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine and the Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship, as well as a board member of Lifeguards Without Borders. He is the former assistant medical director of the Burke (N.C.) EMS Special Operations Team. He's also the former EMS coordinator for Blue Ridge HealthCare in Morganton, N.C., and fomer assistant professor at the Emergency Care Program at Western Carolina University. He can be reached at hawk@aya.yale.edu.

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