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Emergency Procedures

Catastrophic Injuries

This is defined as any condition in which a student athlete?s life is threatened or the student athlete risks permanent impairment. Examples include, but are not limited to, respiratory or cardiac arrest, spine injuries and possible fractures.

Emergency Procedures

One athletic training student should send for (or radio if there are no other athletic training students) a certified athletic trainer (ATC). The athletic training student should stabilize the head and neck, calm the athlete, and do a primary survey. If needed, initiate life-saving techniques.

The athletic training student informs the ATC of the mechanism, history, and any other pertinent information. The ATC conducts an evaluation and makes any necessary decisions.

If EMS is needed, call 9-1-1 on the nearest telephone. Campus Police may also be called on the radio to activate EMS. Send a athletic training student, coach, student, or bystander. Whoever is sent must have the following information:

Name, address, telephone number of caller
Number of athletes injured
Condition of athlete(s)
First aid initiated by first responder
Specific directions to emergency scene

9-1-1 caller must HANG UP LAST and then go to direct the EMS team to the scene.

Contact John Clark or Peter Cofran at 535-2750 to let them know that EMS has been called.

Send someone with the athlete?s emergency card to ride with the injured student athlete to the ER. Do not leave practice or event unattended. Send another student, manager, or coach with the injured athlete.
Type up an injury report, be as specific as possible.

If a Certified Athletic Trainer is Unavailable

One athletic training student stabilizes the head and neck and calms the student athlete. The other does the primary survey and evaluation. Make every attempt to contact an ATC. If EMS is needed, Campus Police may be called on the radio, or have another athletic training student, student, coach, manager, or bystander call 9-1-1. Be sure to have the following information:

Name, address, telephone number of caller
Number of athletes injured
Condition of Athlete(s)
First aid initiated by first responder
Specific directions to emergency scene
Remember to hang up last, then go to direct EMS to the scene.

Send someone with the injured student athlete in the ambulance with the athlete?s emergency card. Don?t leave the event or practice unattended. Send a coach or another student if necessary.

Type up injury report as soon as possible with as much detail as possible.

Closest Telephone

There may be a need to call for an ambulance, so every athletic training student, student-athlete and coach must know where the closest telephone is to their practice and game sites. Remember if there is a portable radio available, call Campus Police or the certified athletic trainer on duty to have that person call for an ambulance.

Outside PE Center

Football?Soccer---Men?s Lacrosse?Tennis---Baseball

ATHLETIC TRAINING ROOM PHONE IN THE PE CENTER

Softball---Field Hockey---Women?s Lacrosse

LOBBY OF PE CENTER, NEXT TO PAYPHONE

CAMPUS TELEPHONE NEXT TO FACULTY PARKING LOT

Rugby Fields behind Facilities Building

FACILITIES BUILDING PARKING LOT SHUTTLE STOP.

Inside PE Center

Wrestling---Gymnastics---Field house (North Half of PE Center)

ATHLETIC TRAINING ROOM PHONE NEXT TO COMPUTERS OR IN THE OFFICE

Swimming Pool

RED BAT PHONE LOCATED BETWEEN COACH SWITZER?S OFFICE AND OTHER OFFICE

Gymnastics---Basketball?Volleyball---Field House (South Half of PE Center).

LOBBY OF PE CENTER, NEXT TO PAYPHONE

Waterville Valley Ice Arena

TELEPHONE LOCATED IN THE WARMING ROOM

Ambulance/EMS

Fields in back of PE Center (baseball, football, soccer, men?s lacrosse), the ambulance uses the River Street entrance and enters the fields at the far end of the PE Center. Someone should meet EMS and direct them to the appropriate location.

Fields in front of PE Center (field hockey, women?s lacrosse), the ambulance uses the PE Center entrance in front of the building and drives down the walkway in front of the PE Center. Someone needs to meet EMS to direct them to the scene.

Softball fields should have the ambulance use the entrance under the D & M sign on Holderness rd. Meet EMS to direct to proper location.

Tennis courts and athletic training room, the ambulance enters through the back entrance of the PE Center. For the athletic training room, EMS enters through the second door. Tennis courts will have the ambulance drive up to the courts. Meet EMS to direct to proper location.

Gymnasium and swimming pool emergencies have the EMS enter through the south ramp entrance. Send someone to meet EMS to direct to proper location.

Field house, wrestling, dance, and racquetball will have EMS enter through ramp entrance on the West side of the PE Center, by the tennis courts.

PSU Campus Police will arrive to open the necessary gates for EMS. They are aware of these procedures for EMS. If EMS arrives first, they also have a key to the gate in each ambulance.

An ambulance is on location for all home varsity football games only. Otherwise, if an ambulance is needed, radio to Campus Police or to the ATC on duty to call for an ambulance.

Health Services/ Infirmary

Use this facility for non-emergencies, when an athlete is ill, or when referring any other student (recreation, intramural or club sport individual) to a physician. To see a physician, an appointment must be made. A nurse is on duty Monday through Friday when classes are in session for the fall and spring semester only. The facility is closed on the weekends and during winterim and the summer. The extension is X2350 or 536-3370.

Visiting Teams at Plymouth State University

Inform visiting athletic trainer/ coach of our procedures for that game site. If a visiting team requires EMS during a contest, make sure someone goes with the student athlete and that someone is covering the event. Follow the procedures previously outlined for CATASTROPHIC INJURIES. Inform a certified athletic trainer as soon as possible, if they are not already aware of the situation.