Emergency Action Plan

Potomac State College Emergency Action Plan

 

The main concern of emergency aid is to maintain cardiovascular function, and indirectly, central nervous system function, because failure of any of these symptoms may lead to death.  The key to emergency aid in the sports setting is the initial evaluation of the injured athlete.  Time is critical, so this evaluation must be done rapidly and accurately so that proper aid can be rendered without delay.

 

The following key factors must be taken into consideration in order to be prepared for an emergency:

 

a. Know the location of the closest telephone.  The athletic trainer and athletic coaching staff should know the location of the closest phone in case of an emergency.  There are several telephones near athletic facilities. 

Gymnasium-phones in each of the 4 athletic offices in the main hallway, 3 phones downstairs (one in each office and one in the Training Room)

Field House-one phone in the main locker room

*When calling from a campus phone you must first dial "9"

Local emergency numbers are:

Campus Police:        304-788-6931

Ambulance:               911

Fire Department:      911

Local Police:              911

WV State Police:       304-788-1101 (cellular *77)

b. Designate someone, if possible, to call 911.

 

c. Information to be given to 911 operator:

Type of emergency situation

Type of suspected injury

Present condition of the athlete

Current assistance being given (i.e. CPR)

Location and number of phone calling from

Exact location of the athlete (provide a landmark)

 

*Be sure to send someone to meet the ambulance.  Remember:  many of the doors to campus buildings are locked, even during the day.

 

d. Document the athlete's injury and the emergency procedures taken.

 

e. Perform proper first aid as needed and document athlete's injury and emergency procedure taken.

 

f. Establish safety zone (crowd control, obstructions, ensure gates are unlocked for easy, direct access by the EMS.)

 

g. Notify parents or guardian, and Shawn White, athletic director.

 

h. Delegate specific jobs to coaches and support personnel (crowd control, first aid assistance, etc.)

 

i. Have medical authorization form handy to be transported with the athlete.