Acting Dean of the Faculty of Maritime Studies Assoc. Prof. Mehmet Fatih Hüseyinoğlu, academicians and students participated in the online seminar, which Prof. Dr. Akın Savaş Toklu from Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine Department of Underwater Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine participated as a speaker.
Acting Dean Assoc. Prof. M. Fatih Hüseyinoğlu who presented the opening speech for the online seminar which was held on Thursday, 8th of May stated that it is the first time that they have held an online seminar as a faculty and thanked all participants, especially Prof. Dr. Akın Savaş Toklu for participating as a speaker. Hüseyinoğlu underlined that Toklu has numerous scientific studies on diving accidents.
Prof. Dr. Akin Savaş Toklu, who started his presentation by expressing his satisfaction with the invitation from University of Kyrenia, firstly mentioned the concept of drowning.
Stating that drowning is a public health problem, Toklu pointed out the stages observed in the cases and different types of drowning.
Prof. Dr. Akın Savaş Toklu stated that according to the World Health Organization, the number of annual cases is 320 thousand, drownings are ranked as the third in accident-related deaths, and 97% are seen in the least and moderately developed countries.
In addition to the visuals presented by Toklu, he provided detailed information on topics such as the active factors, stages of the drowning process and risk-enhancing items based on his personal experiences and other individual’s experiences.
Prof. Dr. Akin Savaş Toklu noted that 80% of drownings are preventable, and explained particularly the issues of safe rescue techniques and lifeguard, as well as the dissemination of basic life support, which the seminar describes as its purpose.
The online seminar moderated by Gökhan Tarı research assistant at the Faculty of Maritime Studies, ended with the answer – question session of the participants.