Starting from June 10th 1998, the XVI soccer World Cup is being played in France where 64 matches are scheduled in ten cities. The medical support for such a big sports event constitutes a challenging job for the French Organising Committee. Emergency care has to be readily available in each of the ten World Cup venues. In every participating stadium, four emergency rooms staffed by highly skilled physicians, will be installed to stand by in case of serious injury or illness. On top of this, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Company's Medical Products Group has been assigned as official patient-monitoring and defibrillator supplier to the tournament.
General medical manager of World Cup 98, Dr. Nicolas Gorodetzky, points out that serious accidents are becoming more frequent in soccer competition. Sixty percent of medical calls during games concern injuries while the remaining forty percent involve medical interventions caused by sudden cardiac arrest or asthma attacks. The sooner a diagnosis can be made and treatment started, the better the patient will recover. In the case of cardiac arrest, the player has to receive an electric shock to the heart within the first few minutes. It is therefore of vital importance to have superior medical equipment on hand.
HP's Medical Products Group is providing 23 Viridia M3 patient monitors as well as 43 CodeMaster 100 defibrillators, together with all the necessary accessories and supplies, to the emergency facilities and to the mobile units stationed near the playing fields of every tournament city. The Viridia M3 device offers quick and vital patient information enabling the physician to make correct clinical decisions both on the field and in transport to emergency room or hospital. The portable, color patient monitor features a detachable multi measurement server allowing to simultaneously determine four parameters such as cardiac function, respiration, temperature and Sp02.
The Codemaster 100 defibrillator is the fastest-charging resuscitation device in the world. It pays excellent services in cases where the heart has to be reactivated to the normal electrical impulses. Advanced battery technology permits the Codemaster to remain active for a very long period without the need for an external power source. Its easy and simple 1-2-3 operation may save precious seconds in the life-threatening circumstances of a sudden cardiac arrest. The built-in "Event Summary" facility allows for direct information about pre- and post-event data.
Next to the patient monitor and the defibrillator, HP also is responsible for supplying accessories such as blood-pressure cuffs, Sp02 transducers which are designed to provide accurate and stable pulse-oximetry readings, and ECG electrodes with cable. All these elements allow Dr. Gorodetzky to nourish a sound confidence in the efficient operability of the medical team and the reliable and effective use of the medical equipment during the 1998 World Cup soccer tournament.