Medics on standby: contained in the makeshift Grand Prix hospital

The Canadian Grand Prix is an thrilling and glamorous affair — however it can be a harmful one.

With F1 drivers racing at speeds of as much as 300 km/h, issues can shortly go south within the occasion of a crash.

That is the place a workforce of healthcare employee from the Sacre-Coeur hospital is available in.

“The entire workforce is about 130 folks,” defined Dr. Pierre Fiset.

“I have been on that for the reason that month of January, calling folks and placing the workforce collectively and all that.”

It is the thirty seventh time Sacre-Coeur has labored the Grand Prix, offering medical help to drivers, employees and even followers ought to they want it.

If there’s an emergency, the affected person is first delivered to a makeshift hospital close to the monitor.

“It is a resuscitation room, precisely a replication of what we’ve in Sacre-Coeur,” stated Dr. Francois Scarborough. “We are able to do X-rays, put [in an] IV, open a chest.”

Inside a couple of minutes of the affected person arriving, medical doctors will decide the subsequent steps.

Ambulances are standing by. If obligatory, a affected person could be airlifted to the emergency room by way of Airmedic helicopter.

“Flying-wise, it takes about 5 minutes from right here as soon as the helicopter lifts off,” stated Airmedic communication director Jean-Patrick Laflamme.

Whereas these measures are key to protecting the Grand Prix as secure as potential, it is nonetheless an surroundings that comes with many dangers: in 2013, race-track employee Mark Robinson died when he slipped beneath the wheel of a crane escorting a automobile from the monitor.

However with out rapid entry to emergency companies, these tragedies can be all of the extra widespread.

Dr. Scarborough recollects the Robert Kubica Crash from 2007.

“We had been certain he was [going] to die,” he stated.

After transporting the driving force to hospital, it was found he had a cerebral concussion and sprained ankle, and he was handled accordingly.

“He was again on monitor a few weeks after.”

All the healthcare employees concerned with the Grand Prix medic workforce work on a voluntary foundation.

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