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
  • Re-evaluation
  • 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.