Johnson County Emergency Medical Services System introduces new trauma protocol for athletes

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. - The Johnson County Emergency Medical Services System introduced new trauma protocol for athletes Monday.

In the past, rescuers would weave football helmets and pads on while transporting players to the hospital. Now, Johnson County EMS workers will remove the equipment on the field with the help of athletic trainers. This will help workers gain exposure to the chest and airways, and it means more comfort for the player.

“Most of these injuries are not time critical. Most of these are minor sprains and strains, and we have time to package them correctly and we feel the best place to do that is in a control environment on the scene with the athletic trainer’s assistance,” Johnson County EMS System Medical Director Ryan Jacobsen said.

The protocol will also apply to other sports including baseball and lacrosse.  

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