Christiana Care medical team supports 2014 Delaware Marathon

Christiana Care medical team supports 2014 Delaware Marathon

A year after Christiana Care medical team members saved the life of a runner who went into cardiac arrest near the finish line of Delaware’s most visible race, they were back at the 2014 Delaware Marathon Running Festival to serve their neighbors again.

Through a joint effort between Christiana Care emergency services and sports medicine, 36 employees volunteered to help the roughly 3,500 runners who participated in the race. Christiana Care’s team featured 19 nurses from the Emergency Department and ED Observation Unit, nine physicians including seven residents, a medical student, an ED tech, an ED clerk and an emergency medical technician with Christiana Care’s transport team. The team also was supported by four other volunteers.

During the marathon, the team rotated coverage of two medical tents and logged 32 patient encounters. They treated people with a variety of health concerns, including musculoskeletal pain, cuts and abrasions from falls, blisters, dehydration, dizziness, exhaustion, cramping, vomiting, headache, exhaustion and dyspnea.

“I am so grateful for our medical team’s longstanding and dedicated work in helping to organize this event and, most importantly, for their care for the runners who participated,” said Linda Laskowski Jones, MS, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CEN, vice president of emergency services and trauma at Christiana Care. “Together we made a tremendous interdisciplinary team who worked with an all-hands-on-deck philosophy and exemplified the Christiana Care Way.”

Christiana Care is the annual title sponsor of the marathon, now in its 11th year. Many Christiana Care employees were among the runners, including Christiana Care President and CEO Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., MBA.

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