n International SportMed Journal - Emergency medical planning at soccer matches : review article




Soccer matches are regular crowd events and the attending medical personnel may have to respond to isolated emergencies or even major incidents. An adequate response is dependent on a number of key issues being addressed when emergency medical planning for such events is undertaken. This paper outlines basic standards that should be followed. Medical cover at mass gatherings, such as soccer matches, should be able to provide some degree of emergency primary care, advanced life support where necessary, and allow for a rapid, on-site response in the event of an emergency involving significant casualties. It should be mandatory that there should at least one fully equipped ambulance at all matches that have more than 5 000 people, and three First Aiders at any match.


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