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standard chartered singapore marathon 2011 December 20, 2011

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4 Dec 2011 – volunteered as a medic for standard chartered singapore marathon 2011. Few days before the actual day, we were given a briefing by a doctor and an A&E nurse manager on our medical stations, responsibilities, and dress code.

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a t-shirt of dri-fit material was distributed to us to wear on the actual day.

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on the day of marathon, we gathered at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital at 1.30am!!! A coach then sent us to our respective stations.

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I was posted to Padang area, the notoriously busy medical tent as it was the nearest station to the finishing line. We arrived to the site around 2.30am.

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Final briefing was given on site.

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Preparation work began – Arranging medical equipments and supplies; being familiar with the equipments, which was not an issue as we were already using it at our workplace; and preparing the ice to cool off runners and intravenous normal saline to hydrate them.

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Our tent was divided into 3 areas. P1 for minor injuries/ailments, P2 to attend to runners with intermediate medical attention and P3 for life threatening emergencies.

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I was posted to P2 area where we saw mainly heat exhausted runners. Besides that, there were also runners with low sodium in their bloodstream with symptoms that required medical attention.

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The runners kept us on our toes from 7.30am til almost 3pm. By then, I was exhausted with only 2 hours of sleep the previous night. Once home, I showered and slept til the following day. Thankfully I was on afternoon shift.

It was quite an experience and I would have done it all over again. It was a joy meeting runners from different places and different walks of life. Some of them inspired me with their determination and perseverance.

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