Over 2300 doping controls and 3000 analyses were carried out on athletes and Para athletes who participated in the Lima 2019 Pan American Games and Parapan American Games. These figures are higher than the ones recorded in previous editions of the Games.
All samples were sent via Fedex to Montreal, Canada—where the laboratory accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is located—and arrived at their destination in less than 72 hours, from the time of collection, maintaining the cold chain to preserve the samples in perfect condition.
According to the Lima 2019 Medical Services department, an integral system of assistance services was implemented including: medical teams in training and competition fields, first-aid stations, advanced medical posts and polyclinics, which allowed the provision of more than 6000 medical services.
During the Pan American Games, close to 4500 medical services were provided and during the Parapan American Games, over 1500 services were provided to athletes, delegation officials, Games Family, spectators, volunteers and workers.
In each Village, such as the Pan American and Parapan American Village, Naval Academy, Paracas, Lunahuaná, Huacho and Bujama, there was a polyclinic to provide medical care. Emergency services were available 24 hours a day, and external consultation, rehabilitation, imaging and laboratory, dentistry and pharmacy services were offered.
In addition, during the Pan American Games, there were 23 public sector ambulances and 62 private sector ambulances for referrals and emergency assisted transportation. On the day of greatest demand, 62 of these were deployed within the competition and non-competition venues, especially for the transfer of patients with problems arising from injuries and illnesses, whether athletes, spectators, volunteers, etc.
AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION SYSTEM
Likewise, the Aeromedical Evacuation System was implemented with the participation of the Armed Forces and the Peruvian National Police. Aircrafts, helicopters and airplanes, considered for air ambulances services, were available in the event of any emergency.
If a situation warranted the referral of patients for a better resolution, there was also a network of public and private health facilities available for them. This way, in both events, 240 medical referrals were made to clinics with better problem resolution capabilities, 79 MRIs, 12 CT scans, 22 hospitalizations and 10 surgical procedures.
An important number of professionals and technicians provided the corresponding support to these great events. There were approximately 1200 people from the private sector accredited to provide medical services in the competition and training venues during the Pan American Games and Parapan American Games. As from the public sector, more than 1300 people were accredited to provide medical services to spectators and workers in competition venues.
This operation was successfully provided thanks to the inter-institutional coordination that allowed the joint work between the public and private entities, among them are: IBT Health; Alerta Médica; Rímac Seguros; the clinic network; the Ministry of Health with its General Directorates and Institute; the Directorates of the Integrated Health Networks of Lima; the Regional Governments of Lima, Callao and Ica and their Health Directorates; the Ministry of the Internal Affairs with the Police Health and the Directorate of Police Aviation; the Fire Department of Peru; the Municipality of Lima with SISOL; the Ministry of Defense; ESSALUD; and the volunteers.