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Running the Race Risks Injury – Medical Assistant Students to the Rescue

Published on June 13, 2013 by Scott Rudeen

Running a marathon requires dedication, inspiration and a willingness to risk injury. Who would have thought that at a marathon we would be doing sutures on a finger?  When you think marathon, you usually think of twisted and sprained ankles, joint injuries and weather related injuries, but not sutures on a finger.

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Nicole Rempfer, Stephanie Rodriguez, and Gabby Villafana working in the first aid tent

Broadview University-Layton medical assistant degree students experienced firsthand the importance of first aid at the Ogden Marathon in May. The medical assisting program teamed up with the Get Out and Live organization (GOAL) to work in the first aid tent helping physicians care for the injured. The students checked in patients and took the runners’ vitals for the physician. They assisted in cases of hypothermia, dehydration and yes, even sutures. During this experience the students learned how important it is to practice their skills.

There is never a perfect scenario for first aid.  The weather and the injuries will never be the same. You need to be prepared with knowledge of different injuries and weather conditions to be effective when offering first aid. Keeping a first aid kit on hand is beneficial when there is no first aid station around to help.

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This was such a great experience for students and the marathon runners. Broadview University is very proud of Pam Lake, Nicole Rempfer, Stephanie Rodriguez, Gabby Villafana and Jennifer Rodseth for the outstanding job they performed.

Written by Terra VanGerven, medical assisting program chair

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