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Emergency Medical Procedures

This page was last updated on June 27th 2011.

Section A.   Purpose

To outline the procedures that should be put in place in the event of a medical emergency to a member or visitor during a HOTRAK operating session, set up or take down at St. Anthony Soccer Club Hall.

Section B.   The Medical Emergency

This could include heart attack, electric shock, seizure, stroke, allergic reaction, injury, unconscious, disoriented or otherwise showing signs of distress or abnormal behavior.

1.         Trigger

Anyone who sees another person in distress or who feels disoriented should shout out:

 “Man Down, Medical Emergency”

 If the radio is in operation this message should be broadcast over the radio.

 2.         Procedure

If available, the Traffic Superintendent, Set-Up Foreman or Tear-Down Foreman will take charge and should ensure that the measures in section 3 are carried out.  This person does not have to be qualified in First Aid or CPR but should ensure that all necessary steps are taken.

3.         Measures to be taken

3.1       Assess the situation

Assess medical condition as far as possible and call for the assistance of anyone present with medical/first aid/CPR knowledge. They will make the patient as comfortable as possible and decide whether to call 911.

3.2       Start CPR if necessary

Ensure that CPR is commenced if necessary and if a trained person is available.

3.3       Call 911

The nearest land line phone is in the Bar.  Explain the emergency at:

St. Anthony Soccer Club Hall (Basement or Ballroom) 523 St. Anthony Street, just off Preston Street, at the Queensway, north side.

Note: Cell phones should only be used to call 911 if a land line is not available.  A second person, if available, should also go to be able to report back as Emergency Services may ask the caller to stay on the phone.

3.4       Send two or three people to the front door

These will:

- guide the Emergency Personnel to the patient
- block open all doors and doorways to give Emergency Personnel easy access
- give the Emergency Personnel as much information as possible about the patient and his/her condition.
- bear in mind that more than one emergency service may arrive so there should always be a person stationed at the front door to carry out these duties with people who subsequently arrive.

3.5       Assess the location of the patient in relation to the layout and ensure that there is easy access.

There must be access for Emergency Personnel carrying large heavy cases and a stretcher.  If the patient is in the middle of a loop it may be necessary to take out some bridge sections.  If the emergency occurs during a set up or take down, a path should be cleared to the patient.

3.6       Crowd Control

It may be necessary to ensure that the site is not overcrowded and a person may be designated to ensure proper crowd control.

Section C    Preparation

1.         HOTRAK Web Site

This document should be posted on the HOTRAK Web Site as amended from time to time.

2.         Register of Qualified Members

A voluntary register of members qualified in First Aid and/or CPR should be maintained.  Those who have let their qualifications lapse should be encouraged to register and this should be shown on the register.  This list will be kept with the HOTRAK first aid kit.

3.         Register of Members with Specific Medical Conditions

This is a voluntary listing of members who have medical conditions that Emergency Personnel should be made aware of, such as medications taken, allergies, EpiPen injector, etc. This should be included as Appendix 2 to this document.

It must be emphasized that this is entirely voluntary and the reason for asking is not to pry but to have available as much useful information as possible for the Emergency Personnel.

This Appendix will not be distributed, nor will it be placed on the web site.  It will be available only in the master copy of this document, which should be kept with the Superintendent’s papers.

4.         Briefing

A few minutes should be taken to explain these procedures at the briefings before each operating session.  It would also be useful to do this during the pizza break at the set up and at the take-down briefing.