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Medical Teams Prepare For The Country Music Marathon

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Medical teams expect to treat dehydration, sprains and strains along the 26.2 miles of the Country Music marathon, but this year the medical tents will be stocked a little differently.

"We'll have more tourniquets in the tent, which we would not have had otherwise, in case we do see those types of injuries," Vanderbilt Medical Center Dr. Jared McKinney said.

Officials said the extra preparation will be a direct result of the Boston Marathon explosions which has made first responders question if they're prepared to handle a similar tragedy.

"You have to change the plans a little bit and adapt some because you don't expect those types of injuries," Dr. McKinney said.

This year more staff will be on hand at Vanderbilt Medical Center and teams of medical professionals will adequately staff the marathon. In the days leading up to the race, medical teams are coordinating with law enforcement and race organizers.

"I can tell those people running, I can tell the fans," Dr. McKinney said, "every year these are the drills we train for is for a mass casualty incident like this."

The Country Music Marathon welcomes about 35,000 runners and countless other fans.

"They'll be triaged at the scene should that happen. We'll distribute patients appropriately to local hospitals based on the injuries that they have, based on their age; and those hospitals will make sure they have the resources available to take care of them."

Officials said they will be prepared for the worst, but hope to never have to implement disaster plans.

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