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Exercises prepare first responders to deal with heat-related illnesses

By meerna Jul11,2024
Exercises prepare first responders to deal with heat-related illnesses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – OhioHealth and the Columbus Fire Department conducted a special training simulation on Wednesday to prepare first responders to help people suffering from heat-related illness.

In the simulation, rescuers had to figure out how to lower a victim’s body temperature and save their life while also communicating effectively with each other. Robert Lowe, medical director of the Columbus Division of Fire, knows how important these training sessions are.

“There’s always an opportunity to expand on that knowledge, on what our expertise is,” Lowe said. “What are the questions we have and how do we solve them among ourselves?”

The OhioHealth simulation team is working with the Columbus Division of Fire and the OhioHealth Sports Medicine Center. It’s all training for when someone with heat exhaustion comes their way. Dr. Brad Gabel, medical director of the OhioHealth simulation system, posed as a runner, showing signs of heat exhaustion.

“We have a lot of marathons and sporting events coming up, so we want to make sure that all of our healthcare workers, whether they are paramedics, sports medicine specialists, doctors, sports trainers, are prepared to deal with them.

“for heat-related illnesses and heat emergencies,” Gabel said.

In the simulation, rescuers learned how to best help a heat-sick victim. Dr. Ben Bring, a physician with OhioHealth, explained to rescuers that the best way to do this was to give them an ice bath.

“The best way to cool these patients is to immerse them in what’s called a cold tub,” Bring said. “So we put them in a big tub of water that’s nice and thick, with a little bit of ice, and we stir it up and monitor their vital signs and body temperature.”

All three participating agencies believe it is important to continue the simulation to keep the community safe and help each other grow in various areas.

“The year-over-year trials allow us to stay current with the latest medical developments and also bring new providers into the system,” Lowe said. “It just all comes together to make sure we’re being precise and with the latest, best information.”

Doctors said this is important because the Grandview Yard Half Marathon will be held in August and they want their teams to be ready to deal with any heat-related illnesses.

By meerna

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