Italian soccer player Piermario Morosini went into cardiac arrest during a match.
Morosini collapsed in the 31st minute of the game, just outside the penalty area. Reports from Italy say he received cardiac massage on the field immediately after his collapse, but that he endured a possibly fatal delay in getting to a hospital when a traffic police automobile was left blocking the stadium entrance. That prevented the ambulance from reaching Morosini quickly, and he subsequently died en route.
There have been immediate recriminations. An investigation has already been announced about the delay in getting Morosini to a hospital, and whether or not the proper equipment was available for his treatment on the field.
After watching several videos of this tragic event on You Tube, it is quite obvious that the medical response to this emergency was inadequate to say the least.
The medical responders did not properly open and secure an airway ( no head tilt - no endotracheal tube / Combitube, LMA , etc. ) , did not ventilate / oxygenate the patient in an appropriate manner ( see picture #2 ), cardiac massage was not continuously performed, IV access was not established and emergency medications were not administered.
To compound the negligent treatment, the ambulance was delayed by a police car blocking access to the pitch.
I find it appalling that soccer clubs are willing to pay their players exorbitant amounts of money but are generally reluctant to invest a tiny fraction of that to ensure the presence of an efficient medical team with proper training and equipment.