Cape Town - The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has released
the medical statistics for the 91st Comrades Marathon, held on
Medical Convener, Jeremy Boulter, says that 425 runners were treated at the Comrades medical tent, and that about 250 at the St Johns Tent. Two patients were treated for
hyperthermia in the medical tent.
Netcare’s St Augustines
Hospital in Durban treated 65 patients, 9 of whom were admitted to the ICU.
ICU patients were essentially admitted as
cardiac patients. There were no heart attacks. People who had some cardiac
related symptoms were admitted for further observation and investigation.
remaining athletes were mainly treated for dehydration, apart from a few other
minor problems; and were discharged.
Netcare’s Umhlanga Hospital in Durban
North treated 9 runners, 4 of whom were in ICU. The rest were mainly dehydrated
and have since been discharged.
"We had a good day in the medical tent," said Boulter.
"We were busier than usual but experienced no major problems.
"Everything went smoothly. The medical tent itself was never
overloaded, and we coped extremely well. We treated about 3% of the field in
both tents, which is about as expected."