Walkway Marathon Medicine with Faizan H. Arshad, MD, EMS Medical Director
On June 5th at 1pm health care practitioners from throughout the Hudson Valley gathered at the Laerdal Medical Simulation Center in Wappingers Falls to prepare the upcoming Walkway Marathon. Physicians, nurses and EMS professionals gathered for a lecture by Emergency Physician Faizan Arshad M.D on marathon medicine. After an informative review of possible conditions that may be faced by the volunteer health care team the group broke into four different response teams to practice their skills on state of the art simulation equipment. Each group was rotated through four stations where different patient cases mimicked possible patient conditions that may potentially be faced by the healthcare team the day of the race. These cases included a cardiac arrest, a head injury and femur (leg) fracture from a fall, a child with an allergic reaction from insect sting and finally an obese patient suffering from heat stroke. Each simulator was programmed to represent a individual patient’s condition allowing the teams to asses and treat the situation as if it was a real patient, allowing them to hone their individual skills as well as their team skills. As each practitioner assessed and treated the patient (the simulator) the simulator would respond appropriately as if it was a real live patient. The realism and ability to assess patient conditions and to preform skills that are used infrequently allowed this team of local volunteers prepare to help their community if needed.
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The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park—a 19th century railroad bridge transformed into the world’s longest linear park—hosts a weekend full of running memories in New York State’s beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley. Runners of all abilities are invited to take part in one of three flat, fast and scenic races – a marathon, half-marathon, and a 5K—each of which traverses the historic Hudson River via this 1.25-mile pedestrian bridge .