Over the past few years the Wright State Sports Medicine team has been working overtime to provide better care to the Wright State student-athletes. Just last spring the team finally moved into their new home at the Wright State Physician’s Building.
The facility also houses the brand new Alter-G© treadmill. Along with these new installments, is a long list of equipment and tools that will be at the Sports Medicine team’s disposal for years to come.
While we as a staff are very excited and eager to utilize these new tools, we will not be settling with the level of care we give. We believe we can always better our delivery of health care and we are striving to be a leader in the region when it comes to continuing education. This summer we welcomed our student athletic trainers back to school with a dynamic hands on emergency action training. The two hour session welcomed nearby Fairborn EMT’s to our facilities to create a realistic emergency scenario. As part of the training Wright State Athletic Trainers, Athletic Trainers from nearby high schools, and student Athletic Trainers discussed and practiced C-spine immobilization techniques with the EMTs. This practice not only allowed the Athletic Trainers to learn from an EMT, but also to bounce ideas off of them to reach a common ground on patient treatment.
After the initial practice, a realistic C-spine emergency scenario was played out on the Wright State football field. Five students were randomly chosen to participate in caring for a downed football player with a C-spine injury. Communication in the case of an emergency was the primary focus for the training. A quick reaction time is of the upmost importance in the case of a medical emergency and we at Wright State are striving to work alongside Fairborn EMS and Wright State Public Safety to minimize reaction time as much as possible. In order to do so a solid line of communication has been established and put into practice between the three entities.
Although we have the upmost confidence in our staff to react to a medical emergency, we plan on making the emergency action planning scenario training an annual occurrence. For this year the primary scenarios covered were a C-spine injury and a fracture of the tibia and fibula. In upcoming years we would like to add emergency care of heat related illnesses to our repertoire.
Working with EMTs allows us as Athletic Trainers to not only learn from them but also discuss our practices that are outlined in the NATA position statements and make comparisons. While it is great to practice emergency action plans annually, the subject should always be in the back of the mind of the Athletic Trainer for the specific venue that they are at. A foreign location always poses different challenges in the case of a medical emergency.
In the case that a trained medical professional is not present at the scene of a medical emergency, 9-1-1 should be contacted for further care. The caller should attempt to be as specific and concise as possible when speaking with a dispatcher. Needed information includes but is not limited to your name, location, injury (if known), and the condition of the patient. The caller should never hang up before the dispatcher.
Thank you for your continuing support of the Wright State Sports Medicine blog and good luck to everyone in your respected seasons.
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