SafetyPAD endures with Boston EMS at 2012 Marathon

BOSTON -- There are races to run fast, and there are races that runners just want to finish. Temperatures were hitting the mid- 80s which made Monday's Boston Marathon  a real challenge to runners and Boston EMS personnel. Boston EMS spends hundreds of hours planning for this event and its electronic patient care reporting system, SafetyPAD  is critical to documenting runners who become patients.  Boston EMS, utilizing SafetyPAD treated nearly 1,000 more patients this year over last.  “This is another example of how SafetyPAD can be utilized in a mass causality situation” noted Scott Streicher, Director of Operations at OPEN incorporated.
Nearly 22,500 participants started the race in warm and humid conditions at the 116th running of the storied 26.2 mile race. Organizers stocked extra water and pleaded with runners to slow their pace to avoid heat stroke. Some 4,300 participants registered to run opted to sit out.
Organizers said that as of Monday evening, just under 2,000 participants had received some level of medical attention, and about 120 were taken to hospitals in ambulances.
Boston EMS personnel, with SafetyPAD in hand were in the various tents at the finish line for runners displaying signs of heat stroke, assisting that in need to nearby medical tents. By mid-afternoon, dozens of wheelchairs carrying pale and weakened runners stretched outside the tents.
Organizers said careful preparation and responsible runners prevented more serious problems on what was one of the hottest marathons in Boston history.
The famously welcoming crowds that line up to watch the marathon did their best to help out the athletes, cheering them on even as they themselves sweated through an unseasonably warm April day.

Boston Emergency Medical Services (Boston EMS) is one of the nation's oldest providers of pre-hospital care. In fact, we have been saving lives since 1877. Today, Boston EMS is regarded as one of the strongest emergency medical services in the country. As a leader in the field of pre-hospital emergency medicine, Boston EMS brings cutting edge medical care to the streets of Boston. Using SafetyPAD, in 2011 Boston EMS responded to over 108,000 emergency medical calls and transported nearly 79,000 patients to area hospitals. http://www.cityofboston.gov/EMS/

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