How should I prepare for an EMS call during a sports event?

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There are many things to consider when planning for a possible emergency medical services (EMS) call. Think about how the EMS workers will enter and exit the field. Will a regular-size ambulance fit, or should you request a small ambulance if there is a tunnel it must go through?

Consider what items on the field/court may need to be relocated for a quicker and safer entry. Spectators will need to be moved out of the way to keep them as well as the athlete and the EMS workers safe. In addition, it is important to make sure that the entrance and exit for emergency vehicles are free from cars and other equipment blocking the way.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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