UH Med Now
INSIDE THE TENT: JABSOM MD students give first aid to 200 runners at the Honolulu Marathon
Pictured: JABSOM 3rd-year medical student Keolamau Yee, left, volunteering inside the medical first aid tent at the Honolulu Marathon.
By Tina Shelton, JABSOM Communications Director
In Honolulu, people in neighborhoods along the route of the Honolulu Marathon line up along their streets to watch the runners trot by, cheering them on. But while finishing the marathon is a worthy goal, not every participant escapes without needing urgent medical attention.
Scores of them walk, limp or are carried into the marathon’s first aid tent. That’s where champions in medicine can be found. In the just completed race on December 10, 2017, medical students from the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) were part of the lifesaving marathon medical team.
“They were extremely helpful in ‘triaging’ patients–deciding who needed what care most urgently,” said Tony Katras, a Vascular Surgeon at Straub Medical Center. He said the JABSOM MD student volunteers quickly addressed urgent problems including severe dehydration, started IV’s to rehydrate the many that needed it, and helped sufferers of heat stroke.
He said our JABSOM students helped at least 200 patients during the marathon event.
This is how Dr. Katras explained what the students did during their marathon session in the First Aid Tent: