These are the guidelines to qualified Saracens First Aiders, Team Managers and Coaches, effective 1st September 2011
Response to an injury
All first aiders at the club should remember to keep notes on any injury that they see and make sure they note down what they have done and who they passed the casualty on to.
If a serious injury occurs at the club this must be recorded in the Accident Book which is kept behind the bar in the clubhouse.
We are obliged to notify the RFU if an injury received results in the person being kept in hospital overnight. In the event of a player being kept in hospital overnight please report this to Jo Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org 07854 375 220) who will work through the reporting process with you.
These are the web details of the RFU reporting procedure
Set out below are the key points for team coach and manager and team first aider
Team Coach or Manager
In the event of a serious injury:
- DO NOT move the casualty (unless in immediate danger)
- Keep calm, reassure casualty and keep them warm
- Summon the first-aider to scene.
- Remain with the casualty until first-aider arrives
- Move other players away from scene and ensure they are supervised and protected from the weather
- Arrange for next of kin to be notified if not present
- Send someone to make sure that ambulance access through the car park is clear. Send 1 person to the corner of Green Road and Chase Side to show ambulance the way. Make sure 1 person is outside the car park on Green Road to show the entrance to the car park to the ambulance
First Aider/Medical Tasks
- Provide appropriate safe and optimal on-field care
- Summon appropriate assistance
- The Emergency Medical Services should be called when:
The player is unconscious OR has a suspected head or spinal injury OR a suspected fracture or serious dislocation OR Suspected internal injuries OR Suspected serious medical problems e.g. heart attack, heat stroke, allergic reaction etc.. OR The player’s condition deteriorates OR you feel unable to handle the situation
- Hand over care to the NHS paramedics on their arrival
- Maintain appropriate records of treatment given
For information about concussion see below.