Abstract


JELLYFISH PREVAIL AMONG LIFEGUARD ASSISTANCES AT THE SPANISH MEDITERRANEAN BEACHES. PROPOSALS FOR IMPROVING RISK MANAGEMENT.

Few studies have identified the risks in broad coastal areas. A retrospective descriptive study of lifeguard data for 2012 analysed the prevalence of assistance categories along the Spanish Mediterranean coast. The trend in jellyfish stings was examined for 2004-2012. We obtained data form 908 beach lifeguard stations out of 1261 present in the study area. A total of 158377 injuries were reported for 2012. Jellyfish stings (58.1% of the injuries) were the main need for assistance, followed by wounds (14.7%), other marine animals stings (14.2%) and sunburn (3.7%). All sea life-related injuries accounted for 74.1% of the total injuries, followed by musculoskeletal injuries (16.6%) and sun related (4.4%). Among Other Activities, the highest numbers were for rescues at sea (7.9%) and lost child (5.2%). Fatalities for 2012 were 24. The number of jellyfish stings, increased from 2010 to 2012 a 50%. The results showed that Spanish Mediterranean beaches are safe with very low fatalities. Nevertheless, reducing risks needs reliable data on the safety issues.

Authors

Alonso, C., University of Alicante, Spain, cristina.alonso@ua.es

Bordehore, C., University of Alicante, Spain, cesar.bordehore@ua.es

Sánzhez-Fernández, L., University of Alicante, Spain, larisa.cubomed@gmail.com

Canepa, A. J., Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain, canepa@icm.csic.es

Acevedo, M., Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain, acevedo@icm.csic.es

Nogué, S., Clinical Toxicology Unit. Hospital Clinic de Barcelona, Spain, snogue@clinic.ub.es

Fuentes, V. L., Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain, vfuentes@icm.csic.es

Details

Poster presentation

Session #:036
Date: 2/25/2015
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: Poster/Exhibit Hall

Presentation is given by student: Yes

PosterID: 185