The assessment and treatment of a seriously injured or ill player requires rapid assessment of the injuries or illness and initiation of the appropriate life or limb saving care in a safe environment.
The employment of a systematic approach is required to ensure that injuries or the consequence of illness are identified and treated in the correct order.
This assessment includes a:
- SAFE approach
- Primary survey ABCDE
- Resuscitation as required
- Secondary survey
- Definitive care
This initial approach is essential for the appropriate assessment and delivery of immediate care for time critical injured or ill players.