Emergency PreparednessIncludes: Developing an emergency action plan Proper coverage of events Maintenance of emergency equipment/supplies Notifying the appropriate personnel Continuing education
Emergency Action PlanWhy? We have athletic trainers on staff.
Emergency Action Plan The emergency action plan (EAP) should be customized to each sport. An EAP outlines a systematic approach to be followed in an emergency This aids in avoiding mistakes and inadequate treatment. Parents WILL test you on this.
Emergency Action Plan Consists of 4 parts: Emergency personnel Who has what role? Emergency communication Who do you contact? Emergency equipment What do you retrieve? Transportation
Emergency Action Plan The athletic training/coaching staff should have clearly defined roles for an emergency Immediate care of the athlete Retrieval of the emergency equipment Activation of the EMS system Direction of the EMS system to the scene
Calling 911 Stay Calm Have available before you call: Your name Address (or closet location) Field Direction Phone number of the caller Number of athletes injured Their condition Treatment currently being provided at the scene. Answer the operator’s questions as best and honest as you can. Wait until the operator tells you to hang up.
Defined Medical Emergencies, aka when to call 911 Cessation of Fractures and breathing dislocations Severe bleeding Eye injuries No pulse Severe asthma Concussion with loss attack of consciousness Heat-related illness Neck or spinal injury Shock
Nonemergencies, aka when NOT to call 911: Abrasions Minor cuts Strains Sprains Minor concussions without loss of consciousness Contusions