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KershawHealth donates temp monitors to KCSD

Posted: August 23, 2018 4:56 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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A Kestrel 5400 Wet Bulb Globe Temperature Monitor with tripod stand, similar to those being donated to the Kershaw County School District by KershawHealth.

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KershawHealth recently donated a number of temperature-monitoring devices to each of the three Kershaw County School District (KCSD) high school athletic departments. According to a KershawHealth press release, the devices are also known as Wet Bulb Global Temperature (WBGT) monitors, and are used to measure safety conditions for practice and competition during times of high heat and humidity.

The S.C. High School League (SCHSL) recently updated its guidelines regarding the monitoring of factors contributing to heat stress. According to the SCHSL website, beginning this school year, “all schools (middle and high) will be required to use a wet bulb globe thermometer to determine safe conditions for practice or competition during times of high heat and humidity.” With this donation, all three district high schools are now in compliance with these new guidelines, KershawHealth said.

Made by Kestrel Meters, the WBGT monitors measure ambient temperature, relative humidity, wind, and solar radiation to compute a numeric score. Coaches, athletic trainers and administrators can then use the score to determine appropriate activities as indicated by SCHSL guidelines. KershawHealth said more information is available on the SCHSL website.

“KershawHealth saw the change in the S.C. High School League’s guidelines as an opportunity to further enhance our ongoing partnership with our schools,” KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn said in the press release. “We remain committed to providing the highest quality, most up-to-date care for our student athletes, and we will continue to seek ways to provide innovative, modern healthcare solutions throughout our community.”

New KCSD Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins said the district appreciates the hospital’s ongoing partnership and support.

“This donation provides equal access to this type of equipment for all of our schools and helps us to better ensure the safety and well-being of our student athletes,” Robbins said. “As a former athletic trainer, I know firsthand the important role that this device will play in helping us to have the most up-to-date and accurate information.”

Niki Gay, a KershawHealth/Palmetto Health athletic trainer with the district said the thermometers will take the guesswork out of heat safety for student athletes.

“Thanks to KershawHealth, we now have the ability for each school to monitor safety conditions in real-time and make sound decisions based on measurable data,” Gay said.

The donation enhances KershawHealth’s ongoing partnership with Camden Bone and Joint and Palmetto Health to provide athletic training and team physician services for the district’s student athletes, KershawHealth officials said in the press release.

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