Pennsic Mayor Baroness Brise Sanguin’s statement on changes at Chirurgeon’s Point:

Due to a number of incidences with regard to Chirurgeon Care, I, the Mayor, have elected to employ a policy written into the Society Chirurgeon’s Handbook, section III, subsection 11 paragraph 2 which states “There is no requirement that the Chirurgeonate be functioning at any event. If the Chirurgeonate is not functioning, the autocrat should know how to reach emergency medical services quickly in the event of an injury or illness.”

This was not premeditated, rather, a difficult decision made over several days. The Kingdom Seneschals of the East, Middle and Æthelmearc as well as the Society Seneschal were consulted and are in full agreement with the decision.

We are still asking for First Aid Volunteers to aid the NorthWest EMS in the First Aid Pavilion. There are no clothing restrictions for volunteers except those required by the SCA. Chirurgeonate baldrics and insignia can be worn except when acting as a First Aid Volunteer.

It has come to my attention that several rumors have been circulating about this decision, and I would like to take a moment to address some of them.

There was no single act that brought me to this decision.

This was not a decree, or decision made by, or done in conjunction with the BoD or any Society officer.

No one will be kicked off-site for discussing the events of the last few days except individuals actively disrupting the event, or preventing the Staff from performance of their duties.

I hold no grudge against any member of the Chirurgeonate.

The Coopers have had nothing to do with any of this as this is an SCA issue.

I have not “fired” anyone. I have asked a group of people to simply help others by using basic First Aid without wearing Chirurgeon identification.

I am not receiving any kickbacks from NWEMS.

This was not pre-meditated.

I do not have in my possession any of the medical records collected by the Chirurgeonate; neither does the Society Seneschal nor the paramedics of NorthWest EMS. As of 10:13 pm, Tuesday no one could positively locate them. The records were removed from the First Aid Pavilion by members of the Chirurgeonate.

I have appointed a Special Deputy to investigate the unauthorized removal of SCA property. The investigation is ongoing.

I will be available Wednesday, August 15, 2006, between the hours of 1pm and 2pm for questions or comments in front of the First Aid Pavilion.

Baroness Brise Sanguin, OP, Mayor Pennsic 35

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Chirurgeons at Pennsic 35

The Chirurgeons I met at the war this year told me they were not allowed to wear their medallions nor have thier badges on their gear if they were to render aid to anyone. If this is false it was a sad rumor which has caused much hurt. If the statement is true, then I have to say that if fills me with dismay that an official of our Society could be so discourteous and demeaning.

Medical records collected by the Chirurgeonate

I wanted to remark of the Pennsic Mayor's Statement:

"I do not have in my possession any of the medical records collected by the Chirurgeonate; neither does the Society Seneschal nor the paramedics of NorthWest EMS. As of 10:13 pm, Tuesday no one could positively locate them. The records were removed from the First Aid Pavilion by members of the Chirurgeonate.

I have appointed a Special Deputy to investigate the unauthorized removal of SCA property. The investigation is ongoing."

1. The Medical records collected by the Chirurgeonate are NOT the property of the SCA! They are the property of the persons whose medical records they are.

2. By removing these records the Chirurgeonate was acting in accordance with HIPPA. If these records had been left and accessed by the NorthWest EMS the Chirugeonate would have opened itself up to HIPPA violation lawsuits.

I'm not at the war, I'm only getting information about this situation through the Pennsic Independent and the rumour mill. I am glad to see the statements from the Society Chirurgeon and from the Mayor of Pennsic but I still find it very disturbing to have NorthWest EMS taking over First Aid at Pennsic.

If I were at Pennsic, my medical records would have been with the Chirurgeons and the first thing I would have done upon hearing this news is to demand all my medical files back because I didn't release that information to NorthWest EMS.

Teresa "of the wrong way" Giani