When planning to provide Event Medical Services for any type of function the true first step is to complete a Risk Assessment. In doing so there are two things that need to be assessed, the event itself and the venue where the event is being held.
Event Risk Assessment
There are nine (9) variables that I assess when preparing for an event. They are:
- Event Type
- Event Length
- Event Planner/Producer
- Event History
- Anticipated Attendance
- Attendee Ages
- Attendee Culture
- Alcohol Availability
- Time and Day
In order to assess the risks associated with an event I utilize an Event Medical Services Event Risk Assessment Worksheet. This allows me to provide a Risk Rating for the nine variables associated with an actual event.
Venue Risk Assessment
There are five (5) variables that I assess a venue for when preparing for an event. They are:
- Local EMS Average Response Time
- # Of Levels
In order to assess the risks associated at a venue I utilize an Event Medical Services Venue Risk Assessment Worksheet. This allows me to provide a Risk Rating for the five variables associated with a venue where an event is scheduled to take place.
Overall Risk Assessment
In order to have an overall idea what the risk level at an event will be the first thing I do is tally all the numbers together and then I divide that number by fourteen for the average. Based on that number, I know what the likelihood is for an event to need Event Medical Services.
Of course, determining need is just the first step in the planning process. I use this same information in my next step which is developing my Event Medical Resource Recommendations.