MEDICAL EMERGENCIES (breathing cessation, severe bleeding, concussion with loss of consciousness, suspected neck or spinal injury, fracture, dislocation, eye or face injury, heat related illness, any other injury or illness resulting in poor vital signs such as decreased blood pressure, weak pulse, or signs of shock)
a. Follow the Emergency Action Principles (first aid principles) and provide appropriate care.
b. Activate the emergency medical system (EMS) by calling 911. Provide EMS with the following information:
Identify yourself and your role in the emergency
Specify your location and telephone number (if calling by phone)
Give name(s) of injured/ill athlete(s)
Give condition of injured/ill athlete(s)
Give time of accident
Give care being provided
Give specific directions to the scene of the emergency
Do not hang up until directed to do so by the EMS dispatcher
c. Monitor vital signs.
d. Calm and reassure the athlete.
e. Notify a LAT-ATC as soon as possible.
f. Complete an Injury/Illness Report and Medical Referral Form. g. Provide follow-up care as necessary.
NON-EMERGENCIES (sprains, strains, concussion [with no loss of consciousness], illness, abrasions, minor cuts, contusions, etc.).
a. Provide appropriate first aid care.
b. Notify the LAT-ATC.
c. If unable to contact a LAT-ATC and/or unsure of the severity of the injury, send the athlete to the appropriate medical care facility.
d. Complete an Injury/Illness Report and Medical Referral Form as necessary.
e. Provide follow-up care as necessary.
In the event an athlete is ill or injured and is transported to a hospital/emergency facility while participating in a school sponsored event off campus, the following guidelines should be followed:
a. Notify the GDS Athletic Department of the athlete's name, a brief description of the injury/illness, and the name and telephone number of the hospital/emergency facility where the athlete has been transported.
b. The GDS Athletic Department will receive all phone calls from parents or guardians and refer them to the hospital/emergency facility as appropriate.
c. It is the responsibility of the hospital/emergency facility to notify the athlete's parents or guardians with the latest and most accurate information concerning his/her condition.
NOTE: When a team/program practices or hosts contests AT "HOME" SITES which are LOCATED OFF-CAMPUS, the same guidelines as outlined above should be followed. It is imperative that the LAT-ATC, or in the absence of the LAT-ATC, the head coach locate the nearest accessible telephone on-site prior to beginning the practice or contest. In the event of a medical emergency, dial 911 (or appropriate emergency telephone number) to summon EMS personnel and follow Section A1 Medical Emergency guidelines above. If injury appears to be non-emergent, make arrangements to have the athlete transported back to the GDS athletic training room for further assessment and treatment as soon as possible, but provide necessary first aid immediately on-site.