Heat at LFO band camp sends 4 to hospital
FORT OGLETHORPE, CATOOSA COUNTY (WRCB) - A few Lakeview band members were taken to the hospital Tuesday night due to heat exhaustion. Luckily no one who was taken to the hospital had to stay over night, some were back at practice Wednesday.
The band camp has been stressing hydration, but we wanted to know was it enough.
"Am I worried, yes I'm worried," says Pat Hollingsworth. "That's why I'm out here helping. Yes, I'm worried, but you do everything you can to avoid it."
Hollingsworth is just one family member helping hydrate the band camp at LFO.
Tuesday, three practices were scheduled, but the third was cut short when the ambulance was called.
"We were responding to a person down to possible heat exhaustion, when we responded, we wound up treating about five or six, and transporting four to the hospital," says Paramedic Dewayne Wilson.
Again, no one was seriously hurt.
Camp-helper Pete Stoke's daughter was one of the students who passed out. She was back at camp Wednesday, with dad watching on, "we have Gatorade water, snacks. We have them breaking every 30 minutes for 15 minutes," Stoke says. "The heat caught up with a couple of them, my daughter was one of them. It's to be expected."
Paramedics on site said they saw nothing out of the ordinary when it came to hydrating the students, but they did have some suggestions regarding breaking every 30 minutes.
"I would take breaks every 10 to 15 minutes," says Wilson. "And when they do take breaks make sure everyone's drinking water in the shade and hydrating the way they should, and don't stay in direct sunlight."
He also said practicing on the pavement is not the best idea. But the school said the grass presents an uneven surface causing more problems.
First year principal Terri Vandiver says changes will be made. "I even went out there and said if you feel bad, or like your going to faint, I said at any point or time, you walk over to the tent. We have first aid there and medical personal there."
One change has already been made. The night practices will take place one hour later at 7:00 p.m., at that time shade covers most of the practice area.