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Premier League To Review Medical Procedures

Thu 22nd Mar 2012 | Football Governance

The Premier League will review its medical procedures according to chief executive, Richard Scudamore following the cardiac arrest suffered by Fabrice Muamba at the weekend.

Speaking at the Sport Industry Breakfast Club in London, Scudamore said: "Incidents and events shape policy, shape developments, shape progress.”

Muamba suffered a major cardiac arrest during Bolton’s FA Cup game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday. He received emergency medical treatment on the pitch before being taken to hospital where it emerged that it took medics 78 minutes to revive him.

A statement released by Bolton the following day read: "Fabrice received prolonged resuscitation at the ground and on route to the London Chest Hospital where his heart eventually started working. His condition continues to be closely monitored by the cardiac specialists at the hospital."

The Premier League introduced a raft of new measures after criticism from then Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho following Petr Cech’s serious injury in 2007. Scudamore said: "What we will certainly be doing is looking at every aspect of what happened and if there are ways and means of improving, if there are ways and means of making it better in the future – just like we did in 2006-07 following the Petr Cech incident – we will do everything we can to make sure we reduce to the point of elimination, if we possibly can, things like that. There are no guarantees but we will do whatever we can to improve."

Chelsea made an official complaint that led to a Premier League and Football Association review, from which measures were introduced that included an ambulance being in place at stadia for the exclusive use of players, and club doctors attending every game.

"If you saw what happened on Saturday, the immediate attention, everybody comes out of this with huge credit, the referee, the match officials, the way the medics were there,” Scudamore added.

"José Mourinho made some strident comments about the treatment that Petr Cech got. Everything that we've put in place since helped Fabrice at least have a chance."

Muamba is now showing signs of recovery and following a visit to him in hospital earlier in the week, Bolton manager, Owen Coyle said: "The consultants have stressed to us that it is still incredibly early in the process. They continue to monitor Fabrice's condition.

"His heart is beating without the help of medication but we remain very much at the beginning of a long-term journey for Fabrice and his family.”

 Posted by: Aaron Gourley

 

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