By Andy Kent
Naples Daily News
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Long before Friday night’s playoff hockey game between the Florida Everblades and Charlotte Checkers even took place, Everblades trainer Todd Wisocki was put to the test — but with a hotel guest, not with one of the hockey players.
And as it turned out, the 20 minutes of work he put in at the Hyatt at Southpark proved to be more challenging — and rewarding — than what he wound up doing in between periods and after the game at Cricket Arena.
Wisocki was relaxing in his room after returning from the team’s morning skate when his phone rang. It was somebody from the front desk asking if he could take a look at a woman who had fallen and hurt her arm.
“They said she really didn’t want to go to the hospital and wanted me to see how serious it was,” Wisocki said. “The bellman met me at the door and took me down to her room and I observed that she was sore in some of the wrong spots and had some deformities.”
Wisocki believed the woman might have had one or multiple fractures in her elbow and wrist and opted to put together a makeshift splint in order to stabilize the arm.
Thinking back to his Red Cross first aid training, Wisocki used a Newsweek magazine for the splint to support her forearm and a pillow case that he tore open for a sling. After he wrapped up her arm, the woman was taken by hotel van to the nearby urgent care facility for X-rays.
“Apparently, she had fractured her arm in two places and she needed to have surgery,” Wisocki said. “She had checked out of the hotel about an hour before we had gotten back.”
When Wisocki got back up to his room there was a little surprise waiting for him courtesy of the hotel staff as a show of appreciation for what he did. It was a basket of fruits and cheese and crackers, along with a champagne bucket filled with ice and a couple of cold beers.
Although it added a bit of excitement to his day, what was most pleasing to Wisocki was that he got to put his first aid training to use.