Navy Cmdr. Reginald Charles Brown said at a rehearsal Sunday that medical aid stations will be mounted along the parade route and at the Pentagon. He said the rehearsal was being held to check the team’s preparedness for the big occasion,which is expected to bring as many 800,000 people to the Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House. That is down from the 1.2 million people who attended President Barack Obama’s first inauguration four years ago.
“You cannot rehearse treating a patient,but you can rehearse the process for tracking a patient as well as the setup of the aid stations,” he said.
It is also an opportunity for the medical team to improve on any aspect of the entire medical system for the inauguration if the need arises.
Brown,who will be in charge of the medical team at the inauguration for the first time in his 30-year career as a Navy doctor,said each of the eight aid stations will have eight personnel and an advanced cardiac support system. Each aid station will have a physician,a physician’s assistant,a nurse practitioner,a registered nurse,three medics and three emergency and three medical responders from the District of Columbia government.
Roving medics will move in the crowds to notify medics at the aid centers via phone of medical emergencies. Those teams will include medics from both military and civilian health services from the Department of Defense,the National Park Service,the D. C. Department of Health and the D.C. Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.
Most of the coordination will be done electronically. Brown said cases could range from people from warmer states who get too cold and those who might forget their medications at home.
Like the rest of the country,Washington had a warm 2012 and on Sunday it was in the mid-50s. A 10-day forecast from the Weather Channel calls for a partly cloudy day Jan. 21 with a high of 41 degrees. That’s close to the city’s normal high of 43 for Inauguration Day,and above the 28 degrees for Obama’s first inauguration.
Brown said he is honored to be part of the team and to be in charge of “young people discharging their duties they’ve been trained to do.”
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