EMS Transport Tips: Do Not Drop The Olympic Athlete

August 7, 2016

I thought the initial lack of at least splinting-in-place straight off was bad enough for poor French gymnast Samir Ait Said, who suffered an open tib/fib fracture while performing his second vault yesterday

But the medical staff did get around to it eventually, after removing him from the floor. 

Frankly, if I’ve learned anything working this year as an EMT in special events, it’s that personnel on scene make patient care decisions based on what they encounter on arrival. Judging those decisions from across the stadium, let alone across the world, is dicey. Every venue has their own protocols about how to handle patients based on event efficacy, liability, visibility, etc. 

Those concerns, whether providers like or not, are legitimate ones that have to be taken into consideration with event EMS. 

But then they DROPPED HIM. Said was halfway in the bus. Dude is 146 lbs. Unacceptable, no matter what.



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