EMS medical coverage at PGA tour events

Oscar Ma, Lee Millward, Robert A. Schwab

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Objective. To analyze the availability and level of medical services for fans at Professional Golfer Association (PGA) Tour events. Methods. A questionnaire, written in cooperation with PGA Tour headquarters, was sent to the tournament director of each PGA Tour event that hosted same-site events in 1998 and 1999. The survey addressed five areas of fan medical services: 1) health care provider availability; 2) advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) capabilities, including equipment; 3) presence of on-site ambulance(s); 4) fan fatalities; and 5) alcohol consumption limitations. Results. Survey response was 92% (36/39). Health care providers were on site at all PGA Tour events: physicians (97%), emergency medical technicians [EMTs (78%)], nurses (75%), and paramedics (64%). A combination of health care providers was used at 94% of PGA Tour events. Ninety-seven percent of PGA Tour events had at least one ACLS-certified provider present along with ACLS equipment. Ambulances were on site at 89% of PGA Tour events and a hospital was located within 5-10 miles at 92% of events. Three of the PGA Tour events reported having one fan fatality through the 1998 and 1999 seasons. Seventy-eight percent of the PGA Tour events imposed regulations to limit alcohol consumption and sales. Methods included: restricted sale locations (56%); limits on alcohol sale (50%); advertisement for responsible alcohol consumption (33%); crowd conduct (28%). Conclusions. All PGA Tour events provided medical services for fans and 97% had ACLS capabilities. To promote fan safety and viewing etiquette, responsible alcohol consumption was a recognized priority at 78% of PGA Tour events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-14
Number of pages4
JournalPrehospital Emergency Care
Volume6
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Alcohol Drinking
Health Personnel
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Equipment and Supplies
Allied Health Personnel
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Alcohols
Physicians
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Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Advanced cardiac life support
  • Alcohol
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Emergency medical services
  • Golf
  • Injury prevention
  • Mass gatherings

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  • Emergency Medicine

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Ma, O., Millward, L., & Schwab, R. A. (2002). EMS medical coverage at PGA tour events. Prehospital Emergency Care, 6(1), 11-14.

EMS medical coverage at PGA tour events. / Ma, Oscar; Millward, Lee; Schwab, Robert A.

In: Prehospital Emergency Care, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2002, p. 11-14.

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Ma, O, Millward, L & Schwab, RA 2002, 'EMS medical coverage at PGA tour events', Prehospital Emergency Care, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 11-14.
Ma, Oscar ; Millward, Lee ; Schwab, Robert A. / EMS medical coverage at PGA tour events. In: Prehospital Emergency Care. 2002 ; Vol. 6, No. 1. pp. 11-14.
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