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2013 RAGBRAI

Medical team sees increase in injured riders Monday

The RAGBRAI medical team did not see heat-related issues Monday, but rather saw an increase in riders with abrasions, broken bones and head injuries, said RAGBRAI Medical Director Bob Libby.

The medical team transported about double the patients to a hospital Monday as the team did Sunday, Libby said.

On Sunday, the team transported about six patients to a hospital. By 3 p.m. Monday, about 12 patients had been transported to a hospital, Libby said.

“Most had abrasions. There were some head injuries. There were a few broken bones,” Libby said.

The first part of the day was relatively quiet, Libby said. He explained how the second half was much busier.

The injuries ranged from minor to moderate, Libby said.

“I wouldn’t call any of them major,” Libby said. “But the day is still young.”

Libby also described how there have been fewer riders transported to hospitals this year compared to previous years.

“The weather has been good to us this year,” Libby said.

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