Carilion to hold free public first aid event for outdoor enthusiasts

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The greater Roanoke area is home to mountains, trails, rivers and lakes plenty for the wilderness adventurer to take in.

“Roanoke is an awesome place, there’s a lot of access to the outdoors. There’s a lot of great things and fun things to do outside and there’s a great community pushing towards getting folks outside. Which is awesome.”

Christopher Waasdorp – Wilderness Medicine Fellow / Carilion Clinic

When getting ready for one of these adventures we also need to think about first aid. The likelihood of taking a fall is there, getting cut or even breaking a bone. Small problems can become a big problems when temperatures starting to dip down to the freezing level.

“You get a sprained ankle you’re out on a one hour hike, all the sudden you can’t get back. That one hour hike turns into six hours before you can get home.”

Christopher Waasdorp – Wilderness Medicine Fellow / Carilion Clinic

Carilion is here to help, tomorrow (January 14th) Carilion is holding a public first aid event at Big Lick Brewery to inform the outdoor enthusiasts on the proper way to care for many injury and health issues seen in hiking, bouldering and as temps drop hypothermia prevention and treatment.

There will be five training stations set up tomorrow, these will cover foot care, splinting, wound and bleeding control, hypothermia and lightening strike prevention and treatment. The event starts at 6pm to 8pm, the event is free to the public as this is considered a community service.

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