Andrews Institute Updates Emergency Action Plans for Area School Athletic Programs
GULF BREEZE, Fla. – Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine recently provided updated emergency action plans for athletic events to area schools. These emergency action plans provide guidelines to help prepare Andrews Institute certified athletic trainers and team physicians, as well as school administrators and coaches, for a catastrophic injury situation during athletic participation.
Andrews Institute and Baptist Health Care provide certified athletic trainers and team physicians to all public high schools in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties, as well as Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola Christian Academy and Chipola College. Andrews Institute certified athletic trainers are working with coaches, administrators and event planners at each school to emphasize emergency action plan awareness and education.
Andrews Institute has also placed a great emphasis on continuing to grow relationships with area Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to provide best practices and preparedness for collaborative care.
“Continuing to build on our partnerships with area EMS providers has been crucial to a successful rollout of theses emergency action plans,” said Michael Milligan, M.D., CAQSM, medical director of Andrews Institute Sports Medicine Outreach. “Constant communication between healthcare providers and school representatives will help ensure these emergency action plans will be effective.”
A renewed focus on preparation for head and neck injuries, heat illness, cardiac events, sickle cell trait awareness and other emergency scenarios are explained in the plans. Lightning and weather safety guidelines for each school have also been reviewed with coaches and school administrators.
Baptist Health Care has also provided Andrews Institute certified athletic trainers with an automated external defibrillator (AED) unit. AEDs along with CPR are critical to successful resuscitation of the athlete or individual suffering a cardiac event. Andrews Institute certified athletic trainers keep an AED at hand at all events.
“Our Andrews Institute certified athletic trainers are on campus at the schools every day,” said Dr. Milligan. “We want to make sure they are trained and equipped with everything that they would need in an emergency situation. While several schools have AEDs on site, the fact our athletic trainers have one with them at all times can be the essential difference in a cardiac emergency.”
Andrews Institute and Baptist Health Care are dedicated to taking care of area student-athletes. These emergency action plans will help to make sure Andrews Institute certified athletic trainers and team physicians, as well as on-site school personnel, are prepared in the event of an emergency during an athletic event at the affiliated area schools.
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