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Medical Time Out to help with emergencies on game days

BLUEFIELD, W. Va (WVVA)-- A new protocol in Southern West Virginia could help ease parents' fears when a player gets hurt on the football field.

It's called "Medical Time Out."

Before each game, EMT's and medical professionals will meet with the school  medics to go over a checklist aimed at making players-- and spectators-- safer. 

They will go over things like where the AEDs are located and which crews handle certain incidents that could occur on and off the field.

I'm told it's all about preparedness and communication, making sure everyone is on the same page and timely in the event of an emergency.

"If an athlete has suffered a really serious injury and has to be taken away from the field on a back board, who is going to do the backboard? Where is the backboard? These things make a difference," said Dr. James Kyle, WV's Region 1 Medical Director.

This new procedure is being implemented in six Southern West Virginia counties.

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