To ensure the safety of everyone and that your event runs smoothly, it is important to have medical cover. However, not all covers are the same, and depending on the type of event you’re holding, you may want to do some homework. To guide you in the right direction, here are some essential tips for picking the right event medical cover:
What’s the Nature of Your Event?
When it comes to picking a medical cover for an event, you first need to think about its nature.
- What type of event are you hosting?
- Where will be the location?
- How many people will be attending?
- What activities will be done and what are their risks?
The answers to these questions will play a major role in the type and level of medical cover you will need.
How Much and What Level of Medical Cover Will You Need?
As mentioned earlier, there is a wide array of medical covers for events. Depending on the type of event you’re holding and the associated degree of risk, the level of medical coverage you need will change. Examples of medical personnel you may need to include:
- Medical First Responder
- First Aider
- Emergency Medical Technician
Of course, each personnel comes with different skills and by considering the degree of risk at the event, you will be able to tell what cover will be required to ensure every guest is safe. Questions regarding the number of attendees, location, and risk will help you when considering the necessary medical personnel as well as the skill mix required.
For assistance in establishing the type and amount of medical cover necessary for the event, you can leverage tools like HSE Event Safety Guide or the Purple Guide. With a medical company’s advice on the level and amount of coverage they recommend, you will be in a better position to make a sound decision.
What Medical Equipment Will be Needed?
Other than the necessary medical personnel, the type of medical equipment you will need is another vital aspect when picking a medical cover.
Will you require medical vehicles? What vehicles are ideal for the terrain of your location? Do you have the right ingress and egress routes set up? Where will the medical personnel be posted? Do you require a tent or gazebo to act as a medical base?
What medical equipment is already available at the venue? What will need to be supplemented?
It is imperative to ensure that you have the right equipment and infrastructure to make the job of the medics easier. Consider where and how the patients will be treated as well as how the medical personnel will be able to access any emergencies in an efficient manner.
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Again, this is an aspect that you will want to consult a medical company or look at how past events handled similar logistics.
Is the Medical Service Provider Reputable?
Last, but arguably the most important element in choosing a medical cover is the provider. It is of paramount importance to ensure that they are reputable. The following questions will help you establish that:
- Do they have the right credentials, i.e. registrations, certifications, and licenses?
- Are they insured?
- Are they competent and reliable?
- Are they trustworthy?
- What do their past clients have to say about their services?
When picking a medical company, it is important to ensure that the provider you choose has all the right certifications and registrations. In England, for example, Ambulance Services that do off-site transfers have to be registered with the Care Quality Commission. It is important to ensure that the medical company has all the right credentials and insurance. The safety of your guests is important, so, you cannot skimp on the selection process.