Keep hydrated advises Order of Malta to women training for Vhi Womens Mini Marathon

By vhiadmin, Friday, 3rd June 2016 | 0 comments

ORDER OF MALTA AMBULANCE CORPS, THE OFFICIAL FIRST AID PROVIDER TO VHI WOMENS MINI MARATHON, TODAY RELEASED DETAILS OF ITS PLANS FOR MONDAYS RACE

Order Of Malta Ambulance Corps (OMAC) - who will provide first aid to the 40,000 competitors in Monday's Vhi Women's Mini Marathon - today released details of the services it will provide. OMAC also used the opportunity to remind those training for Monday's race to stay hydrated in current hot conditions.

OMAC will have 80 volunteer personnel on duty: 68 medical personnel and 12 cadets (10-16 year old volunteers), including 1 Advanced Paramedic, 4 Paramedics; 28 Emergency Medical Technicians; 15 Emergency First Responsers; 16 Cardiac First Responders all overseen by 1 specialist doctor and 3 OMAC nurses.

There will be 8 Ambulances; 1 4x4 Vehicle and 6 Medical bikes on standby. The medical bikes - a concept originally developed by OMAC and launched at the mini marathon 13 years ago - have had extensive upgrades and are relaunching on Monday. .

2 Control Room Operators oversee the operation and direct the required resources to the appropriate site location.

 The team will have 300 ice packs, and 1000 plasters with them, but they should only need to use a fraction over the day.

Speaking on behalf of the OMAC, Brian Coote, Deputy Director said:

"We anticipate approximately 80 patients will be treated over the course of the day. The main injuries are musculoskeletal injuries (sprains/strains and broken bones), medical/asthma/shortness of breath, wound/blister, eye injury and faints. It's a relatively 'safe' event in reality from an injuries perspective.

"In the current good weather there is potential risk of those training ahead of the race becoming overheated and so we advise ladies to exercise in the morning or evening, avoid the hottest times of the day, and to stay hydrated."

About the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps

The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, established in 1938, has over 4,000 members in over 80 communities North and South of Ireland, with cadet units attached to over 50 units. We are a key provider of medical services at events, first aid training and community care as well as being a National Youth Organisation. #SavingLives #TouchingLives #ChangingLives

www.orderofmaltaireland.org

Media contact details: Brian Coote 086-8107972