Ambulance policy

Sometimes we have people with medical training at JMS. They can be useful, but they are not "working" and nothing is a substitute for an on-duty EMT equipped with proper medical tools. 

If you go down on the ice and stay down, it's for a reason and it means something is wrong. If the captain or the other skaters feel you've been on the ice for a significant amount of time, or that you're obviously significantly injured, EMS will be called. This is a grey area, and by playing JMS you agree that injuries are very possible, and neither the captain, nor Barbara Garn, nor JMS Hockey LLC is responsible for protecting you from injury nor responsible for caring for you after sustaining an injury. The captains or other skaters will call medical professionals if they reasonably determine this is needed, and the captains or other skaters can provide the same basic attention any bystander feels necessary when confronted by any sudden and startling medical emergency. It is the job of the EMTs, not the captain or the other skaters, to treat your medical condition. 

The EMTs will examine you and make a recommendation. If their evaluation is that you should go to the hospital, then you are not allowed back on the ice and STRONGLY encouraged to go with them to receive immediate and recommended medical attention. 

You may wish to return to the game, but--especially with an incident involving your head--you are not thinking clearly and the EMT will make the call. After you're injured, it's not about what you WANT but about what you NEED. If the injury is not severe (and does not appear to be impacting your judgment), you will be included in the decision-making. Driving yourself to the hospital with a broken toe on your left foot is not the same thing as trying to drive yourself to the hospital after severe head trauma. 

While another JMSer may offer to take you to the hospital, no-one is expected to voluntarily assume the risk of transporting your injured person. That's what the EMTs are for and that's why we call them. If another skater volunteers to drive an injured person to the hospital, that is SOLELY the decision of the driver and in no way does JMS advise or expect other skaters to transport injured people--again, that's what EMS is for. 

The JMS captains are there to make sure the teams are balanced and to bring pucks; they are not medical professionals and while their job is to "run the session," their responsibility to injured players is to determine as best as possible--from a layperson's point of view--if the injured player needs professional medical attention, and to get that attention there as fast as possible. When in doubt, the captain will call for an ambulance. 

Captains are not on the ice to treat injuries and by playing JMS you have agreed to hold Barbara Garn, JMS Hockey LLC and the captains harmless for injuries you sustain while at the rink. The captains--like any person involved with a sudden and startling medical emergency--will do the absolute best they can, but they are there to ensure parity and other administrative functions, and are not responsible for medical treatment. Captains will ensuring the proper professionals are called if necessary--again, based on a nonmedical layperson's point of view. If you are to be transported by the EMTs, the captains will make every effort to collect your personal belongings and make sure they get where they need to (with you to the hospital, to your spouse/partner, put in your car, etc.).

This is hockey. We play as safe as we can, but sometimes crazy things happen. When they do, we'll call the professionals and listen to what they say. By playing hockey with JMS Hockey LLC, you acknowledge the inherent risk of injury and you agree to abide by this ambulance injury policy and to not hold the captains, Barbara Garn, or JMS Hockey LLC culpable for injuries you sustain at the rink. 

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