Emergency action plan

An essential step towards becoming Wheelchair Rugby Ready is planning for emergencies. This means that there should be a basic plan in place including the following:

  • Having the correct medical equipment in place and ensuring that appropriately trained personnel (i.e. medical practitioner, other healthcare professional such as a physiotherapist, massage therapist or trained first-aider) are present
  • Access to a telephone
  • A record book for recording incidents where first aid and/or treatment has been given
  • Emergency telephone numbers are clearly displayed
  • Identification of roles and responsibilities in the event of injury on the court, e.g. the first responder, the person who calls for additional help, etc.

Essential medical equipment

A first aid kit should typically include:

  • Scissors (blunt ended)
  • Surgical gloves
  • Gauze (alcohol) swabs
  • Nasal pack
  • Towel
  • Compression bandages (5cm, 7.5cm, 10cm)
  • Sterile gauze bandage
  • Adhesive skin closures, (e.g. Band Aid)
  • Elastic adhesive bandages (2.5cm, 5cm)
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Antiseptic healing cream
  • Antiseptic ointment / spray
  • Tincture of benzoin
  • Irrigation solution (sterile eyewash)
  • Wound dressings
  • Triangular bandages
  • Skin care pad
  • Ice pack and ice
  • Water bottle
  • Adhesive dressings
  • Adhesive tape

Medical kit

Medical supplies

All these items should be located in a pre-designated area near the teams’ benches.