Super response for the Super Bowl
New Orleans EMS prepares for the big game, with a little assistance from Physio-Control
By EMS1 Staff
With Super Bowl XLVII coinciding with the beginning of Mardi Gras, New Orleans EMS (NOEMS) is gearing up for what promises to be a very busy week.
Roughly 73,000 spectators are expected to attend the game in-person. However, hundreds of thousands of fans and revelers are expected to participate in Super Bowl and Mardi Gras events leading up to and following the game at venues that stretch from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, to the Superdome, the French Quarter and elsewhere.
NOEMS began planning for the Super Bowl more than a year ago, sending staff to observe EMS operations at last year’s host city, Indianapolis. Since then, NOEMS has implemented a comprehensive response plan, including adding staff to operate in the hospitality zone 24 hours/day and to respond to increased 911 call volumes.
They have also partnered with other regional EMS providers to deliver support during the events. NOEMS plans to deploy resources that include a fully-equipped Mobile Surge Unit bus capable of transporting 18-plus patients, EMS bike teams designated for high pedestrian traffic areas, rapid response sprint cars and ATV vehicles equipped with ACLS medications and equipment that will be used to extract injured or sick from areas inaccessible to full-size vehicles.
New LIFEPAK 15 monitor/defibrillators and LUCAS 2 Chest Compression Systems from Physio-Control have been deployed into the system to assist the crews provide state of the art cardiac resuscitation care under difficult transport conditions.
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New LIFEPAK 15 monitor/defibrillators and LUCAS 2 Chest Compression Systems have been deployed into the system.