A total of 133 patients were treated by Erlanger’s event medicine specialists at the IRONMAN. This was a sharp decline from last year’s 611 patients treated mostly for heat-related illness and less than 200 patients treated during the 2015 event. A majority of this year’s participants received medical assistance for soft tissue injuries, minor sprains and strains, nausea and vomiting, dehydration and respiratory illness.
Nineteen of the IRONMAN athletes from this year’s event were transported to Erlanger’s Baroness, Erlanger North and Erlanger East emergency departments for further treatment. Medical staff treated abdominal pain, joint and limb injuries, head and facial injuries, lacerations, dehydration, chest pain and respiratory illness.