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Resuscitation equipment requirements at combat sport contests

A new rule made under the Combat Sports Act 2013 will take effect on Wednesday 11 March 2020 that prescribes resuscitation equipment that must be at each combat sport contest held in NSW.

The new rule will take effect March 11 2020.

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A new rule made under the Combat Sports Act 2013 will take effect on Wednesday 11 March 2020 that prescribes resuscitation equipment that must be at each combat sport contest held in NSW.

The rule includes a requirement that the promoter of a combat sport contest must ensure that a resuscitation kit is at each combat sport contest that contains, as a minimum, the prescribed resuscitation equipment described in the rule.

The new rule addresses a recommendation of the Deputy State Coroner arising from the inquest into the death of professional boxer David Browne and was made after consultation with the Combat Sports Authority’s Medical Advisory Committee.

RULE 35: Resuscitation equipment requirements at combat sport contests

(a)    The promoter of a combat sport contest must ensure that a resuscitation kit is at each combat sport contest that contains, as a minimum, the following equipment.

i.    Guedel (or similar) airway support devices in sizes 3 (80mm), 4 (90mm) and 5 (100mm) of which there must be at least two (2) of each size; and
ii.    Nasopharyngeal airways in sizes 7.5mm and 8.5mm of which there must be at least two (2) of each size; and
iii.    An oxygen demand valve resuscitator with tubing and at least two (2) re-usable adult size silicone masks; and
iv.    At least two (2) adult size non-rebreathing (oxygen therapy) masks with tubing; and
v.    A Resuscitation Bag/Valve/Mask set which includes size 4 and size 5 masks of which there must be at least two (2) of each size; and
vi.    A spacer device for Beta-2 agonists; and
vii.    An oxygen regulator/flowmeter capable of 0-25 litres per minute (LPM) flowrate, with two standard diameter high pressure, standard indexed sleeve (SIS) inlet/outlet connections; and
viii.    An oxygen powered variable vacuum suction unit with suction instrument, hose and tubing; and
ix.    Two (2) full ‘C-size’ (410 litre) medical oxygen cylinders; and
x.    A cylinder key wheel to turn on the oxygen cylinder (unless the key wheel is integrated into the cylinder); and
xi.    A portable carry case or durable bag sufficient to store and protect the items listed above.

(b)    The promoter of a combat sport contest must ensure that the equipment listed in section (a) above:

i.    is in a readily accessible location within the contest area near the attending medical practitioner; and
ii.    has been serviced and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions; and
iii.    is compliant with Australian Standards in place at the time of the combat sport contest.

(c)    The promoter of a combat sport contest must ensure that, as a minimum, one (1) person at each combat sport contest is appropriately trained or qualified to use the equipment listed in section (a) above and has ready access to the equipment during the combat sport contest.

(d)    The promoter of a combat sport contest must ensure that the equipment listed in section (a) above is checked and tested at the contest location prior to the pre-contest briefing required under cl. 23(k1) of the Combat Sports Regulation 2014, and confirmed by the promoter at that briefing to be compliant with this rule.

(e)    The promoter of a combat sport contest must ensure that a combat sport contest does not commence unless this rule is satisfied.

IMPORTANT
A combat sport contest will not be permitted to commence on or after 11 March 2020 unless the prescribed resuscitation equipment is at the contest and all provisions of the rule are satisfied. Significant penalties apply. 

All rules made under the Combat Sports Act 2013
 

Sourcing the prescribed resuscitation equipment

Below are some options available to promoters to source the prescribed resuscitation equipment and details of several equipment suppliers and service providers.  

Please note that the lists below are not exhaustive lists of suppliers and service providers, nor have they been assessed, or are they recommended in any way, by the Combat Sports Authority or the Office of Sport.  Promoters should undertake their own enquiries before entering into an agreement with any of the listed suppliers or providers.  

Medical oxygen cylinders cannot be purchased but may be hired from authorised gas distributors. 

1. Purchase the equipment

Organisation

Website

Australian Lifesaving Academy

www.surflifesaving.com.au

Beauregard First Aid www.beauregardfirstaid.com.au

Essential Health & Safety Group

www.ehsg.com.au

Immediate Assistants Events www.iaevents.tv

LFA First Response

www.lfafirstresponse.com.au

Medical Equipment & Gases Australia

www.megamedical.com.au

MediFAST

www.medifast.com.au/events                                                         

Mediquip Pty Ltd

www.mediquip.com.au

Mr Paramedic

www.mrparamedic.com.au

NEANN/RAPP Australia

www.rappaustralia.com.au
www.neann.com.au

Paramedical Services

www.paramedical.com.au

Resuscitation Solutions www.resuscitationsolutions.com.au

St John Ambulance NSW

www.stjohnnsw.com.au

Wollongong First Aid

www.wollongongfirstaid.com.au

2. Hire the equipment

Organisation

Website

Beauregard First Aid

www.beauregardfirstaid.com.au

Essential Health & Safety Group

www.ehsg.com.au

Immediate Assistants Events www.iaevents.tv

Medical Equipment & Gases Australia

www.megamedical.com.au

MediFAST

www.medifast.com.au/events                                                         

Mr Paramedic

www.mrparamedic.com.au

Resuscitation Solutions www.resuscitationsolutions.com.au

St John Ambulance NSW

www.stjohnnsw.com.au

Wollongong First Aid

www.wollongongfirstaid.com.au

3. Source the equipment through a first aid / advanced resuscitation service provider

Organisation

Website

Australian Lifesaving Academy NSW

www.surflifesaving.com.au

Immediate Assistants Events www.iaevents.tv

MediFAST

www.medifast.com.au/events                                                         

Mr Paramedic

www.mrparamedic.com.au

Paramedical Services

www.paramedical.com.au

St John Ambulance NSW

www.stjohnnsw.com.au

Wollongong First Aid

www.wollongongfirstaid.com.au

4. Source the equipment through a paramedic service provider

Organisation

Website

Ambulance Service Australia

www.ambulanceaustralia.com

Australian Lifesaving Academy NSW

www.surflifesaving.com.au

Colbrow Medics

www.colbrow.com

EMS Event Medical

www.emseventmedical.com.au

MediFAST

www.medifast.com.au/events                                                         

Mr Paramedic

www.mrparamedic.com.au

NSW Ambulance

www.ambulance.nsw.gov.au

Paramedical Services

www.paramedical.com.au

St John Ambulance NSW

www.stjohnnsw.com.au

Wollongong First Aid

www.wollongongfirstaid.com.au

5. Source the equipment through the Attending Medical Practitioner

6. Source the equipment through the contest venue

For further information, please contact the Regulation Unit Combat Sports team via combatsports@sport.nsw.gov.au or by telephone on 13 13 02.