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After the Christian Eriksen incident, what are the medical protocols for Euro 2020?


Christian Eriksen's cardiac arrest during Denmark's Euro 2020 match against Finland on Saturday shed light on the tournament's medical provisions, which were published by The Independent in English.


What kind of checks do players undergo?

Any player competing in Euro 2020 must annually update their medical record, including the results of any cardiac examinations, in accordance with Article 4.01 of the UEFA Medical Regulations.



They should also have had an annual general physical examination which would include heart checks, arrhythmias etc. Electrocardiogram (ECG) should be done annually and echocardiogram every two years.


What equipment and personnel should be available?

Article 10 specifies the medical equipment present on the field and required on match days and the day before the match. This must include defibrillators and cardiac life-saving drugs, such as cardiac stimulants and anti-arrhythmic drugs.



What about paramedics and ambulances?

At least one Advanced Life Support Ambulance, staffed by at least one Paramedic, must be present on the field on match day for the exclusive use of players, team officials, team referees and match officials.


It must be in place to allow for a quick exit from the playing area and be in place 90 minutes before the start of the match and for an hour thereafter, the day before the match, you must be in place half an hour before the first training session and remain until half an hour after session.


The responsibility to provide this rests with the host federation.


Is other medical staff present?

There should be an EMT on the side of the field, fluent in English, as well as one stretcher team who shall act as the medical coordinator of the stadium.


The doctor can be the home team doctor, and the stretcher team must also be qualified first aid.



How does UEFA ensure that the correct rulings are applied?

Details must be sent to the match delegate at least two weeks before the match, including the mobile phone number of the emergency doctor, a map indicating the location of the ambulance, the exit point and the location of the medical room within the venue.

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