1.3.1 Event Medical Director

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1.3.1 Event Medical Director

This individual is responsible to direct and coordinate all medical services provided at the event. This person is usually a member of the Organising Committee and reports to the committee regarding medical issues with the event.

This individual should be competent in Emergency Medical Care, triage and evacuation procedures, and have a good understanding of operational procedures of all systems with respect to the event and as such, have a good understanding of the sport with regard to possible injuries or incidents that could occur. If this person is not a medical doctor, then one should be appointed as an advisor for the event.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Outline facilities and resources required for the event
  • Establish an evacuation plan for injured athletes – for all possible locations within the “field of play” from site of injury to initial triage to hospital or trauma centre if indicated
  • Secure availability of all necessary facilities, resources and personnel to support evacuation plan through working inter-relationships
  • Create a back up plan/system that could be operational if one or more major evacuation is utilized
  • Establish a separate plan and/or staff for visitors, spectators of the event depending on expected crowds.
  • Define specifically the personnel roles and responsibilities and communicate these clearly to all parties involved.
  • Review the emergency medical plan with the Organising committee and event staff to discuss the interactions with other aspects of the event – clarify communications protocol
  • The Event Medical Director should review the overall medical plan at the initial team captains meeting for all coaches and team medical personnel. At this time, he/she should establish a specific medical meeting/orientation with all team physicians and/or medical personnel to review the specific evacuation medical plan in detail
  • Support of the Technical Delegate with the record and track all incidents that occur during official training and competition with the completion of the FIS Injury Report for each athlete injury.

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Return to Medical Guide or onto 1.3.2 Ski Patrol or see 1.3 Personnel/Staff

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