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Grand Prix medical team had best healthcare equipment to hand

Formula 1 drivers, crew and spectators at this year’s British Grand Prix had over £500,000 worth of cutting-edge equipment, including the latest imaging systems, available, according to organisers.

The Director of Silverstone Circuit, David Thomson said: “Silverstone has become one of the best equipped medical centres at any circuit in the world. The provision of over £500,000 worth of medical equipment for the 2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix is essential. With more than 300,000 people on site over the weekend we must be in a position to deal with every eventuality.”

There was an increase in the number and specification of defibrillators provided at Silverstone this year. With a circuit distance of almost six kilometres and a host of spectator grandstands spread around the area, doctors carrying AEDs were stationed at posts across the site. Fast-intervention cars situated around the track, manned by a consultant or specialist anaesthetist and paramedic, were all also kitted out with multi-measurement monitors.

Systems available at Silverstone over the Grand Prix weekend included a touchscreen mobile ultrasound, and digital X-ray (Sparq, and Mobile Diagnost, Philips). Chief Medical Officer Dr Ian Roberts said “The Sparq really is the top of the range for our ultrasound requirements, and the system’s FAST scanning mode (Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma) plays a significant role in trauma, enabling medics to see almost instantly whether a casualty is suffering from internal bleeding.”

The recent controversial introduction of Kers (kinetic energy recovery system) – an environmentally-friendly device that recovers energy to give the F1 racing cars an extra boost – increases the risk of electric shock and Philips have provided an AED for the scrutineering bay in case life-saving defibrillation is needed.

Published on: August 30, 2013

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