Arch Dis Child 88:584-586 doi:10.1136/adc.88.7.584
  • Community child health, public health, and epidemiology

Awareness of swimming pool suction injury among tour operators

  1. A Davison1,
  2. J W L Puntis1
  1. 1Dept of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Leeds, The Children’s Centre, The General Infirmary at Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr J W L Puntis, Room 142, B Floor, Clarendon Wing, The General Infirmary at Leeds, Belmont Grove, Leeds LS2 9NS, UK;
  • Accepted 27 October 2002


A 6 year old girl suffered rectal prolapse after being sucked onto a swimming pool drain from which the cover had been removed. After six days in hospital she made a full recovery. The severe form of this injury may result in evisceration of small bowel, short bowel syndrome, and the need for long term parenteral nutrition. A survey of travel agents revealed a low awareness of this potentially devastating hazard, and a failure on the part of some companies to take adequate responsibility for customer safety. Preventive measures are reviewed.