Chicago Marathon Heat Exhaustion Crisis: Paramedic Response for Collapsed Runners Continues

UPDATE: Rescue efforts are starting to show signs of tapering as ambulances are starting to line up in the staging areas without as many calls for help at about 1:55 p.m.

The Chicago Marathon Heat Crisis shows now signs of tapering Sunday at 1:30 p.m. as Chicago and suburban paramedics are still busy responding to reports of collapsed runners along the Chicago Marathon running course. Suburban fire departments are continuously rotating calls while they assist Chicago Fire Department ambulances.

A third alarm level ambulance was requested at about 12:30 p.m and brought
fire department paramedics from Alsip, Barrington, Des Plaines, Dixon,
Elk Grove Township, Grayslake, Hillside, La Grange, Lansing,
Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Mount Prospect, Mundelein, Posen, Rosemont,
Wauconda, Westchester, Wheeling, Wilmette, and others to the Chicago
Marathon running course staging area, medical tents and street
incidents.

The Division 24 Command Van is also responding to the staging area at
Cermak and Morgan.

At times the staging area has been depleted of ambulances as staged
ambulances respond to medical emergencies on the streets of the Chicago
Marathon running course. Ambulance runs are being continuously
dispatched, sometimes two or three at a time.

Hospitals receiving patients include Cook County, Mercy, Rush-St.
Lukes.

At 12:50 p.m. the nearest Chicago Marathon weather conditions observed
at Chicago White Sox U.S. Celllular Field were the following:
Temperature: 87.5 F, Dew Point: 67 F, Wind: Southwest 2.0 mph, UV: 5 out
of 16, Clouds: Few clouds at 4100 feet and Scattered at 11000 feet,
Visibility: 10.0 miles, Barometric Pressure: 30.02 inches.

At about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Chicago Fire Department has called for an
extra alarm for ambulances from Chicago and neighboring suburbs,
including fire departments from Central Stickney, Evanston, Niles, North
Palos Hills, North Riverside, Oak Park, Park Ridge, Skokie, Summit, and
Willow Springs. Over ten ambulances have beeen summoned to Chicago.

Multiple runners are reported down at 18th and Ashland Avenue

A full arrest (cardiac arrest) has also been reported at 15th and
Ashland Avenue.

Balboa and Lake Shore Drive has also been reported as a high incident
area.

The main staging area for ambulances has been setup at Cermak and
Morgan. Fire departments Division 9 (Chicago), Division 4, and Division
3, Division 10 and Division 1 are responders.

Keywords: dehydration, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, collapse, heat
illness, cardiac arrest

— mb