Indianapolis Responders Ready For The Big Game

Indianapolis EMS is ready for Sunday's kick off, working closely with Indianapolis firefighters in an integrated command and management system.

“The game allows us to test the plan,” Priest said. “We think it is completely transferable to other events anywhere.”

The Super Care Clinic will be available to any visitor who might have a minor injury or illness that doesn’t need, or want, emergency room care, Priest said.

Chest pain, difficulty breathing and severe trauma calls will be transported to one of the city’s hospitals for more definitive care.

Doctors and support staff from the region’s hospitals will provide the care and many are providing service at or below cost, Priest said. “Nobody is making money on this. That’s not the intent.”

Patients who opt into Super Care Clinic service will be charged a flat fee of $80 which will include any testing that might be required and basic treatment, Priest said.

As for MESH, Priest said it’s a public/private non-profit agency based in Indianapolis that works with emergency service agencies in the region to respond to emergency events and to sustain efforts and remain viable through recovery.

Its mission during the duration of Super Bowl is to relieve the burden on local hospitals, Priest said.

Ford, Indianapolis EMS administration chief, said his providers have full discretion over where patients are taken based on protocols and the provider’s best judgment.

As for the injuries and illnesses anticipated, Ford said it’s difficult to predict precisely what will happen. However, experience shows many of the calls will be for trip and fall injuries and minor lacerations as well as dealing with the consequences of imbibing.

With lots of parties and open bars, Ford is anticipating dealing with many intoxicated patients during the event. Some will just be sick, others might be unconscious and the providers will decide where the individuals need to be to receive appropriate care.

Ford said he expects approximately 50 calls per day with as many as 50 percent of those patients requiring transport for care. It’s obviously difficult to predict call volume, and that’s why planning and preparedness are so important, he said.

“We’re pretty used to this type of event with the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard,” Ford said.

Ford is confident his team is ready for whatever happens and he’s pleased with the extra levels of security to make sure everyone is safe. It makes it a bit more challenging to move people, vehicles and equipment around, but it’s worth it.

“It’s all about logistics,” Ford said. “It’s something we do every day.”