March is here! We have all made it through February!! I think its fair enough to think about putting away the “Smart Wool” and headlamps to think SPRING…we may even get to start wearing shorts if the weather cooperates! With many of us thinking about coming out of hibernation to hit the roads, its important that we hit those roads safely. Please read further for excellent advice by our Barefoot FERC members and paramedics, Colleen Schlea and Jessica Berlekamp-Crowell.
When a member of our club was the victim of a pedestrian/vehicle hit and run this morning, it was a stark reminder that accidents are just a moment away and come without warning. So it begs the question, when you run, are you prepared?
My partner and I are professional paramedics and distance runners, so it’s no surprise that these things are important to us, because we’ve run on these types of accidents. One of the best gifts you can give to yourself, and to your family, is the ability for you to be identified quickly in the event of an emergency.
Several products are on the market, such as the RoadID, which allows for quick ID and emergency information critical to EMS in the early moments. But what exactly should you put on an emergency notification system and where should you keep it?
From the standpoint of a medic, the first thing you should know that in a trauma situation, we are going to make you naked, and pretty darn quickly, to look for life-threatening emergencies. Therefore, keeping anything in a pocket or pouch is definitely NOT the best place to keep your emergency info. Chances are, you’re going to be separated from your clothing and it’s most likely going to end up in an evidence bag at another location far from where you are.
The best form is something that is attached to your arm, leg or around your neck in the form of a RoadID or emergency medical tag. Guaranteed, when we remove your clothing, we’re going to see a bright shiny tag or a reflective band and it’s going to stay on you all the way to the hospital whether it’s by squad or by helicopter to a trauma center.
So what should go on a tag or RoadID? Your name, of course, and your full date of birth. That’s going to help make sure we have right the person. This should be followed by your designated emergency contact(s) with THEIR phone number, not yours.
Now this is really important. That person who you make your designated person in the world needs to have several qualities. First off, they must have a complete, up to date list of any medications you take and allergies that you have and they must be able to lay their hands on that info in 30 seconds or less. That means your person must be someone who is calm, doesn’t panic and is organized enough to have that info on them to be located quickly 24/7. So think who your person is. If your spouse is the panic type, then don’t pick them. Likewise, if you’re someone’s designated person, examine your ability to be calm in a bad situation and take that responsibility seriously.
What else goes on your tag? In a trauma situation, we need to know critical medications that you take. This specifically means meds like blood thinners or beta blockers—meds that will affect cardiac function and clotting abilities. If you end up in trauma surgery, these are medications that may need to be reversed.
Critical allergies should also be included. This doesn’t mean your hay fever, but allergies that are life-threatening, especially to medication, are important to include.
Along the lines of these allergies, a word about anaphylaxis. That is a serious allergy to something that is life threatening. Common anaphylaxis includes bees, peanuts and seafood. If you have such an allergy and run, then run prepared. That means your epi pen is on your person, not at home in your dresser drawer. Anyone who has run for a while knows those darn bees just come out of nowhere!
Never for a minute assume that in an emergency that you will be able to speak for yourself or that your cell phone will work. Plan for an emergency as part of your running gear and put it on every time you go out for a run.
Colleen Schlea, B.Sc, NREMT-P
Jessica Berlekamp-Crowell, NREMT-P
For more information on RoadID, check out http://www.roadid.com/Common/default.aspx
For info on medical tags, check out http://www.americanmedical-id.com/?fromsearchengine=google-medic_alert_phrase&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=GoogleUS&gclid=CMfzhsnwwLUCFeZFMgodR2IAVQ&
Or do an Internet search for emergency medical tags for runners for other examples.
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- Our next meeting is on March 20th. Meet at 6:00pm in front of Birchard Public Library in Fremont, Ohio for a group run and at 6:45 pm in the conference room at the library for the meeting. Pizza and drinks are provided. We will run toward Park Ave. to get on the bike trail toward Clyde.
- It isn’t too late to submit a FERC membership form/waiver. Please join the active member list by filling out the form to mail or bring to our March meeting. This covers our club members under the RRCA insurance if injured at a club sponsored event. http://fremonteliterunnersclub.com/Forms/FERC_Membership.pdf
- Upcoming races include: The Beer Bottle Open 4 Miler on March 9th, 2013 (Columbus Grove, Ohio), Churchill’s Half Marathon on March 10th, 2013 (Monclova, Ohio) http://www.imathlete.com/events/ChurchillsHalfMarathon5K , Wearin of the Green 7K on March 17th, 2013 (Maumee, Ohio) http://toledoroadrunners.org/Entfms/2013%20Entfrms/Green.pdf , and MELT THE ICE 5K on March 23rd, 2013 (Fremont, Ohio) http://fremonteliterunnersclub.com/Races/Melt_The_Ice_5k.pdf
Motivation Tips for March:
- Spring 1 hour forward on Sunday, March 11th, 2013 at 2am! Now that’s motivation!!
- Try a bright, new pair of shoes that haven’t ever seen the snow…or a bright new nail polish for our barefooters! I ordered these from our favorite shoe man at Second Sole, Toledo…
And I also know that Looking Good in Fremont has some bright new Opi nail polishes for spring 🙂
Nutrition Tips for March:
- Try starting the day with a new smoothie recipe! It’s invigorating to drink a cold treat packed with fruits and veggies when you get up…the greener, the better! Chlorophyll naturally makes the blood more alkaline, making it impossible for cancer cells to survive. I like to blend almond milk, kale, banana, Vega French Vanilla protein powder, and whatever other fruits I can squish into the blender with ice. If you add banana or chocolate…you can’t taste the kale at all! Another favorite of mine is almond milk, pear, fresh ginger, and Vega French Vanilla protein. I also try to add flax seeds or chia seeds each day. What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?
- Check out a running movie…Chariots of Fire, Fire on the Track, or Running on the Sun! Those are sure to get you motivated and out the door!