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26th Annual National Collegiate EMS Conference

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Sharks! Jellyfish! And Waves! Oh my!

What happens when fun in the sun turns into a trip to the emergency room? Waves crashed the party with a broken neck? Jaws makes a reprise to take a bite out of your beach day? Those pesky jellyfish just won’t stop partying in your pineapple under the sea? What should you be thinking about when you’re responding to this call? In 2017 over 385 million people attended the beach and it resulted in over 77,000 rescues, over 550,000 medical aides, and 148 fatalities. What is often a day of family fun can quickly turn into a tragedy. We’ll examine some case studies to learn what the best practices are when responding to a call on the beach.


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