WIAA cancels regional wrestling tournaments due to forecast

first_img Share: All boys and girls regional wrestling tournaments scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled due to weather conditions, the WIAA announced on Friday morning.Instead, the Mat Classic field will double to a 32-entry state tournament beginning Feb. 15. In the past, it has been a 16-entry tournament.BREAKING: Due to weather conditions, all boys and girls Regional Wrestling tournaments have been cancelled in the best interests of our student athletes’ safety.Event managers will develop a 32-entry Mat Classic tournament.https://t.co/1pUy7T7N8j#matclassic #regionals pic.twitter.com/Y76SPFCRNK [email protected] Here is the WIAA’s release.2A, 1A district basketball postponedDistrict officials postponed all of Friday’s 2A and 1A boys and girls first-round basketball games. Some 2A games are rescheduled for as early as 2 p.m. Saturday, but could be moved to Sunday, Woodland athletic director Paul Huddleston said. La Center AD Matt Cooke said all of Saturday’s second-round 1A boys games at Hoquiam and King’s Way have been moved to Monday. One girls game is scheduled for Sunday — Tenino at Stevenson, 2 p.m. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Union’s Noah Talavera defeats Camas’ Isaac Duncan in the 145-pound weight class during the 4A district wrestling tournament at Hudson’s Bay. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: — WIAA (@wiaawa) February 8, 2019The cancellation came a day after the association gave the go-ahead for the event and sent out its inclement weather policy, which says teams not able to travel to their regional tournament would forfeit.Day one of the Region IV tournament at Camas High School on Friday is still on. The 16-wrestler field will be whittled down to eight starting at 4 p.m. Weigh-ins are at 2:15 p.m.Some coaches and athletic directors say the cancellation forces a format they have advocated for in the past — no regionals, 32-entry Mat Classic. Follow The Columbian on Instagram “We’ve been trying to get a 32-man tournament for years,” Union wrestling coach John Godinho said. “We vote every year on it, WIAA says no, no, no.”Camas athletic director Rory Oster also prefers a system where wrestlers qualify to state straight from the district tournament.“I love it,” Oster said. “People have been pushing to get it done for years. I hope this is an opening into future.”The Mat Classic will still be hosted at the Tacoma Dome. Schedule will be released Monday morning.center_img WIAA cancels regional wrestling tournaments due to forecast Mat Classic field expanded from 16 to 32 entries Follow Andy Buhler Columbian Staff Writer GO (360) 735-4557 @AndyBuhler By Andy Buhler, Columbian Staff Writer Published: February 8, 2019, 4:49pm Share:last_img read more

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Exclusive National review of schemes to divert patients from AE amid safety

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The coroner’s report on Mr Birtwistle, issued to NHS England in order to prevent future deaths, urges health officials to check the safety of other schemes – and to set minimum safety standards, in order to reduce the risks.All such initiatives should at least include taking a “basic set of physiological measurements” to detect immediate threats to health, the report warns.The National Institute for Health Research has embarked on a £1m review of the safety of the measures – although it will not report until next summer, at least six months after every scheme gets underway.  The research proposals, seen by this newspaper, warn that the current evidence base to support the schemes is “weak” and says it is “unclear” whether such measures are safe. Mr Birtwistle went to Bristol Royal Infimary’s A&E suffering from breathlessness last November, after being referred there by the NHS 111 helpline. David Birtwistle, 44, a father-of-one, died from a pulmonary embolism after being turned away by a pilot scheme in Bristol, just six days after its launch.Instead of being seen by A&E doctors, he was seen by the GP service – which failed to order basic tests which could have saved his life.A coroner has now written to health officials, calling for a national review of “serious incidents” and “near misses” as a matter of urgency, in order to prevent tragic blunders being made across the country. From left, Trina, Tia and Dave Birtwistle Dave Birtwistle at Liverpool Football Club A national review of schemes to divert patients away from Accident & Emergency departments is underway, amid fears that desperately-ill cases have been put at risk.Every NHS trust is under instructions to introduce “front-door streaming” by this autumn, with GPs stationed at casualty units to weed out the least sick patients.The initiative is part of attempts to relieve hospital overcrowding, and stave off pressures on units across the country.An investigation by The Telegraph reveals that a national review of such schemes is underway following the death of a man turned away by a pilot scheme.And researchers leading the investigation have said the evidence to back the initiatives – currently being introduced in every part of the country – is “weak,” while it is “unclear” whether the models being brought in are safe.center_img From left, Trina, Tia and Dave Birtwistle He was discharged, only to return by ambulance six days later, when symptoms worsened. However, he was diverted to a new “streaming” system which had just been set up to relieve pressures on A&E, where staff failed to carry out basic tests such as blood pressure.The local scheme, run by BrisDoc Healthcare Services, was immediately halted.But every part of the country is under orders from NHS England to set up such measures by this autumn, in a bid to reduce pressures on hospitals and record waiting times. The documents, by Cardiff University, state: “The emergency care system is in crisis and evidence is needed urgently to understand how to manage workload and demand to safely achieve the highest standards of clinical and operational care, and whether the recommended addition of co-located GPs adds value.”“The evidence base to support service models of General Practitioners working within EDs (emergency departments) is weak,” it continues, saying it is “unclear” what impact different models may have on service quality and safety.The research will compare three models – having GPs working in A&E, next door to A&E, or operating a triage and screening scheme – with traditional methods of assessing patients in casualty units.The study will examine all patient safety incident reports for the most frequent and harmful incidents related to GPs and A&E clinicians, the proposals state, with further research tracking 12 study sites, to report by next June.An NHS England spokesman said:  “Guidance to hospitals on making sure patients get the level of clinical care they need has been specifically updated in the light of this, so as to make sure that people who need GP care can get it, and people needing specialist assessment can quickly do so. “GPs successfully look after 300 million patient consultations every year, compared with 23 million A&E visits.” Dave Birtwistle at Liverpool Football Clublast_img read more

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