by Linda Leier Thomason
Bringing groups of individuals together in unfamiliar locations under potentially stressful situations lends itself to increased possibilities of medical emergencies. Many meeting professionals have experienced an attendee’s medical emergency at an event. How a planner deals with such a situation it as it happens and after it happens affects not only the attendee’s quality of life but also an organization’s image. Whether the event is celebratory, educational, or philanthropic, planners should take a fresh look at their readiness for onsite emergencies.