Danielle Saenz | Polyclinic Tour  | Samsung Paralympic Blogger | PyeongChang 2018
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Danielle Saenz | Polyclinic Tour | Samsung Paralympic Blogger | PyeongChang 2018

November 20, 2019

Hi, this is Danielle Saenz. I’m here reporting
from the Paralympic Village. I am a physician training in Chicago in the area of physical
medicine and rehabilitation, meaning that I’m a U.S. trained physician and we’re going
to take a tour of the medical facility called the Polyclinic, right up here behind me. To
join us on this tour is the expert. We have Peter who is the IPC Director of Medical and
Sciences. Hi there, happy to join Danielle on the tour. We just entered the emergency
services. This part of the Polyclinic is open 24/7 and any emergency situation can be dealt
with here. Let’s just say an athlete falls or slips in the corridor of their building.
Athletes will be brought in. We have an ambulance here in the village. The athlete will be brought
in through the emergency door. All treatment will be organized from here. And from here
the next steps are taken care of, which is either the athlete will be transferred to
a hospital or the athlete is transferred back to the delegation. So we have a few booths
here. This is a few emergency booths that we have here. This is up to date equipment
and it is all put in place and the services are provided by expert emergency physicians
from the reference hospitals that we have for the athletes. We’ve got the plaid wheelchairs.
All the staff that we have in the Polyclinic and in the venue medical stations are all
volunteers. That means these are specialist that are coming from the different referenced
hospitals. They have their specialty over there, and they do a number of shifts here
in the different stations. These are in venue stations or these in the Polyclinic, and these
people are very complimented with volunteers that assist in all the administration and
all the paperwork and all the transferring we do. For a medical example, we have an incident
on the field of play. A crash to take the example of alpine skiing. Then on the venue,
an immediate assessment is made. What is the best course of action, and then it’s either
decided to bring the athlete here or to evacuate the athlete directly to the emergency hospital.
In order to do that, we have helicopters on standby that can expedite the need to transfer
the athlete. But weather conditions pending, we also have ambulances that can do the regular
transportation of them. Okay.

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