In certain industries, medical cover is actually required for indoor and outdoor events. Typically, this consists of a required number of medical professionals and services to assist people on site. For example, the film industry has strict regulations for official film shoots. If you are shooting with a certain number of people, you are then required to provide certain medical services. Depending on the size of your shoot, you will face different regulations. Sporting events often have similar requirements. An officially-sanctioned football match might require you to bring an ambulance on site, in case anyone is injured. The ambulance will likely be required to have a backboard in case of potential spinal injuries, as well as someone trained in concussion protocols. These sorts of requirements are completely understandable when it comes to keeping people safe. However, unless you also own a hospital, you probably don’t have access to all that. So, where do you find it?
Professional Medical Cover
Certain private companies actually offer professional event medical cover. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspects and regulates most caregivers in the United Kingdom. If you’re looking to hire a professional medical company, first make sure that it is certified by the Care Quality Commission. Once you have that assurance, you can inspect its different features. You should make sure you hire a company that offers an ambulance. Certain companies might have nurses or even doctors on staff, but no ambulance.
The company should also provide a route for the ambulance. It’s not enough to just provide an ambulance; you need to also make sure the company has mapped out a route from your event to the closest trauma care hospital.
Different Kinds of Events
Each kind of event is going to have unique challenges that medical professionals need to be prepared to face. The medical professionals you hire need to be prepared for anything. You can trust they’re prepared for many different situations if they cover all sorts of events. They should cover water sports, extreme sports, field sports, television and film shoots, modelling shoots, company events, concerts, trade shows, and all kinds of other events. The dangers at each kind of event are unique, and the professionals need to be prepared for them.
At a historical re-enactment, for example, the participants and the spectators are prone to heat-related conditions, since these usually take place during the summer. Dehydration and heat exhaustion are definite risks. There are also risks of powder burns, if muskets are involved. Furthermore, you’ll have the normal risks when running around: cuts, bruises, and scrapes.
Since quality medical care is so important, it’s imperative that you find a professional medical service you can trust. One you can trust is one that is certified, has a history of providing quality care, and that provides care for many different types of events. Once you find a medical team you can trust, you can rest assured that your participants and spectators will receive the best care they can get, should they need it.