Onsite Medics

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Imagine the following actual recent event involving one of our medics:  a high school football player at a passing league tournament jumps high trying to catch a pass and then slams his head hard on the ground upon landing. He doesn't move. Seconds go by and he still doesn't move. A quick on-field assessment reveals the injured player is unconscious, displaying decerebrate posturing (arms and legs stiff with neck and head arched) and he is having agonal breathing.  The player has clearly suffered head trauma and is not breathing adequately. This is a true medical emergency.

Fortunately, the president of our company had volunteered to work as a standby medic for the tournament. After instructing a coach to dial 911, He quickly secured the player's airway, administered high flow oxygen while a Certified athletic trainer maintained cervical spine immobilization until our medic could apply a cervical collar to the player. By the time the fire department arrived, the player had regained consciousness and he was stable. The player was loaded onto a backboard and rushed to the hospital. The next day, he was on the sidelines watching his teammates compete in the tournament and had no memory of the prior day's events. Of course he had suffered a serious concussion and was sidelined from play for several weeks until cleared to return to play by a doctor.

Imagine if there was no EMT at that game? All the coaches could do was to dial 911 and wait for help to arrive. The player was unconscious and not breathing. Average response times for EMS to arrive in Southern California varies from between 4-7 minutes. A person who stops breathing for more than 3 minutes can develop serious brain damage.

This actual event demonstrates the importance of having a certified EMT from Ventura County Event Medical Standby on the sidelines for your next game or event.

Below are some latest onsite medical news items:

Latest Onsite Medical News

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A Los Angeles judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit by a teenager who was paralyzed while making a tackle during a Pop Warner football game. City News Service says the judge on Wednesday...

The family of a Pop Warner youth football player, paralyzed making a tackle during a 2011 game, filed suit in California this week alleging he was taught an unsafe "head-first" technique by his...

In the past year, both the NFL and the NCAA have settled multimillion-dollar lawsuits over concussions and football-related trauma, and complaints have even trickled down to the high school level...

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The mother of a Largo High School football player is still in shock after her son was accidentally knocked unconscious during a game on Friday night. "I didn't know if I was walking...


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