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Waverly Health Center prepares for RAGBRAI

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RAGBRAI kicks off Sunday, July 20th with bike riders making their way across the state to the Mississippi River.

For the first time in 15 years, Waverly is hosting an overnight stop. The 20,000 RAGBRAI participants will triple the size of the community.

The Waverly Health Center is gearing up for the town's overnight stop. The plan is to have a first aid tent set up at Wartburg College all day Thursday and Friday morning with six people on staff at all times. Extra employees will also be on hand at the health center.

"At the first aid tent it'll be quick first aid. Minor abrasions, minor dehydration, sun burns. At the hospital, it'll be the more intense dehydration, any bicycle injuries, falls, possible head and neck injuries, possible fractures," said Emergency Department Nurse Manager Danae Tjeerdsma.

Medical staffers are largely preparing to treat cuts and dehydration.

"I've got extra IV fluids," said Tjeerdsma.

But not all medical emergencies during RAGBRAI are related to biking.

"We know the number one issue that's not bike related is golf cart issues. So we're highly discouraging golf carts and the use of gators throughout the community," said Waverly RAGBRAI Planning Committee Member Heidi Solheim.

If an accident happens before getting to town, there are four ambulances and two motorcycles with EMTs along the RAGBRAI route to help.

"This has been going on for 42 years. It's not like it's brand new, and no one knows anything about it. The information is there. We're using that information, adapting it to what we need to at the hospital. Overall, I feel we're very prepared," said Solheim.

For more information on Waverly's overnight stop, click here.

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