Spotify Camp Nou has more than 100 medical professionals on match days

FC Barcelona has health services in place to ensure a rapid response to any emergency requiring immediate intervention at sports venues such as the Spotify Camp Nouand the club’s other sports facilities, including the Palau Blaugrana and the Johan Cruyff Stadium. People who come to the field on match days are reassured by the presence of more than a hundred professionals, spread over forty points spread over the entire site, to offer fast and efficient support in the event of an emergency. sanitation both on the pitch and in the stands.

This operation is in accordance with Decree 30/2015 of the government of Catalonia which obliges sports venues to have a Self-protection plan (PAU) which establishes the sanitary services that must be guaranteed on a match day, and which vary according to the capacity of the pitch, which in the case of Spotify Camp Nou reaches 99,000 people, making it currently the largest stadium in Europe . This service must offer medical care to those involved in the game and to the organizers (footballers, coaches, referees, etc.) as well as to members, supporters, workers, media and members of the administrative boards and, in European competitions , at UEFA members. It is one of the most comprehensive regulations of its kind in all of Spain and is particularly aimed at guaranteeing the safety of everyone on the pitch. FC Barcelona has always made every effort and provided all resources to comply with these requirements, which are fully endorsed by PROCICATmaking the health and safety of those attending its sporting events its top priority.

Network of medical units throughout the stadium

On a match day at Spotify Camp Nou, more than a hundred professionals work in the medical operation, including medical staff, nurses, medical professionals, coordinators and administrative staff. This service is made up of FC Barcelona personnel, outsourced health professionals and personnel from the Red Cross and the ambulance service. In total, it is made up of 1 service coordinator, a doctor who supervises operations, 1 nurse coordinator, 1 operations coordinator, 5 doctors, 16 nurses, 1 service administrator at the central dispensary, to which is added the Red Cross team made up of 1 coordinator, 2 nurses and 20 units made up of at least two people each. The service also has 4 mobile units made up of 3 Semi-Automated External Defibrillator (AED) specialists, as well as a wheelchair and a portable stretcher used by the ambulance service; 12 paramedics, 2 for each of the 6 ambulances and 9 paramedics operating the two electric stretchers in the field.

The medical staff is spread over around forty different points around the stadium, strategically distributed to guarantee a rapid and effective intervention. Some of the most important spaces are: a Central dispensary, located at gate 59, in the side area of ​​Spotify Camp Nou, and a small clinic to respond to emergencies; 11 outlying dispensaries distributed around the entrances to the various sectors of the stadium; 6 ambulances located around the perimeter of the pitch – five Advanced Life Support (ALS) and an Basic Life Support (BLS); and also, a dispensary near the changing rooms and two electric stretchers on the ground. All of these spaces are equipped with several AEDs equipped with defibrillator monitors to perform high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and which paramedics can move to any location in the stadium.

In the event that a patient needs to be transferred from Spotify Camp Nou to an external health center, the usual adult hospital is Barcelona Hospital Clinic. For children it is Sant Joan de Deu Hospital. And in the case of players, coaches and referees, as long as their life is not threatened, they are brought to Barcelona Hospital. All of these centers are within minutes of the stadium by ambulance.

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What to do in case of health problem

As a first step, if someone does not feel well when entering the stadium, the most advisable thing is, before taking their seats, to inform the club staff and go to one of the medical assistance points. which are inside the Spotify Camp Nou.

If the problem occurs in the stands, please go to the nearest medical assistance point in that area of ​​the stadium if possible. If the medical condition prevents you from moving around, you or your companions or the people seated next to you must immediately inform the nearest member of staff in the stands, either the stewards who usually wear reflective vests, or the staff safety, operations and site. . These workers will immediately activate the security protocol which ensures that a medical staff member will arrive in less than two minutes. Whenever possible, the patient will be moved to a more appropriate and private place for the proper exercise of medical functions.

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