Medical team ready for 2013 Ironman


Aiming for a zero casualty, the triathletes participating the 2013 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines Cebu will see an augmented and more prepared emergency response from the event’s medical team this year.

“The goal is to provide two units of ambulance for every medical station that will be set up throughout the race course,” said Dr. Peter Mancao, MD, the overall head of the triathlon medical team.

It will be composed of about 60-80 volunteers from Red Cross, All-Terrain Medical Relief Organizations, Talisay City Rescue Emergency Assistance Team, and the Action Emergency and Rescue Team, and Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (ERUF). The province of Cebu is also part of the team.

Mancao, in a meeting with his medical team comprising five volunteer groups on Friday, July 19 at the Capitol, said the ambulance will be equipped with Automated Emergency Defibrillators (AED).

According to Select Safety, AED is a portable device used to evaluate a person’s heart beat in a cardiac arrest situation and to administer an electric shock to normalize heart rhythm.

Mancao, who is a member of the board of directors of ERUF, said two medical tents will be put up at the South Road Properties (SRP), one to be located near SM and the other one in Talisay City portion. He said the SRP route is the most dangerous part of the race.

Chong Hua Hospital will be the main hospital to accommodate out-patient participants who might need medical assistance for the one-day international triathlon scheduled on August 4.

Last year, a Cebuano who participated in the relay fell off his bike along the race course at SRP. An autopsy later found out that he suffered from an acute pulmonary embolism. Doctors who examined the rider’s body found several blood clots on his lungs, which was determined as the real cause of his death.

Now on its fifth year and second year in Cebu, Ironman race is the biggest triathlon event in the country with around two thousand international participants are expected to join.

(Xerxes Alkuino)