Canadian Grand Prix | We are recovering at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit!

Path Hospital is ready! Doctors and nurses recreated real emergencies on the edge of Gilles Villeneuve’s circle. They are prepared to treat pilots who have had a serious accident as well as spectators who have suffered heat stroke or alcohol poisoning.

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Emily Bellodo

Emily Bellodo

“We treat everyone,” says emergency physician Francois Scarborough, co-director of Pathway Hospital. “For practical reasons, minor cases are sent to the general clinic, but if someone has a heart attack, we bring it here,” explains the person who has been a volunteer at the Canadian Grand Prix for fifteen years.

The emergency doctor is surrounded by a large team from the Hospital Sacré-Coeur: nurses, respiratory therapists, anesthesiologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons … They set up a recovery room – a replica – in the Pirelli Tower, where the race was starting at the exit of the hairpin.

Dr. says.s Scarborough while wearing a fire retardant suit to check his size.

There are a lot of people who have heart or lung problems. Usually their condition is stable, but with a track temperature of 40 ° C, sometimes 50 ° C when it is hot, and when wetted with Molson, some decompress.

considered ds Francois Scarborough, Emergency Physician

All the doctors and nurses in the makeshift hospital remember the death of a worker in 2013. The Formula 1 race had just ended, the spectators were leaving Ile Notre Dame, but the volunteer was hit by a tow truck. He was taken to the runway hospital, then flown by helicopter to Sacre Cure where he was pronounced dead.

Photo by Bernard Brault, press archives

Intervention of the medical team in 2013. A volunteer died in an accident after the race.

considered ds Pierre Fest, co-director of the Track Hospital, also cites the cardiac arrest of Formula 1600 driver and RDS host Didier Schrenin in 2010. The latter collapsed to the ground in the pits. “He was taken by helicopter to Sacré-Coeur where the cardiologist was expecting him. He had an electrocardiogram, and they put him on a stent. [endoprothèses] And welcome visit! He fell at 11.15 a.m. and by 1.15 p.m. he was out of trouble,” says the passionate Formula 1 anesthesiologist.

I think it was Stéphane Laporte who said the best place to get sick over a weekend in a grand prix is ​​here. There is no waiting to see a doctor.

considered ds Pierre West, anesthesiologist

The fact remains that doctors rarely treat Formula 1 drivers over the weekend. “Where we’ll likely have more work to do is with the smaller formulas, the secondary races [Coupe Nissan Sentra, Challenge Ferrari, F1600] ‘, defines ds fest. He noted that after a two-year hiatus due to the epidemic, registration rose this year. The drivers are also less experienced than in Formula 1 and their vehicles are less safe.

No racing without a helicopter

In addition to the volunteer staff mobilized at Al Masar Hospital and the General Clinic, five medical teams are stationed at the supply pits. subordinate rescue operations scattered around the track. They are the only specialists trained to get a driver out of his Formula 1 car in the event of an accident.

“Do you want to see a formation rescue ? Come to my car,” we all call go the Ds Fiset who must nevertheless answer a thousand questions from volunteers. The doctor drives along the Olympic basin and stops in front of a small brown building. Inside, about thirty people (doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists) immobilize the pilot, remove his helmet without moving his neck and remove him from the cockpit with harnesses. The seat serves as a back panel.

On Thursday afternoon, officials from the International Automobile Federation (FIA) checked and timed their maneuvers. Doctors and nurses also participated in two simulations during the day. They had time to train on loading a stretcher into a helicopter.

Photo courtesy of CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal

A team is training to transport a person in a helicopter.

Michael Pilot, chief pilot for Airmedic, explains: “A helicopter is always taken to the site, or the races will be completely halted. So we have a helicopter on site and one in Saint-Hubert. Once the patient boards the helicopter, the helicopter in Saint-Hubert will take off to solve the problem. Replaced first so there is no discovery. »

d confirmss Scarborough. “Transporting a serious case by road would be unimaginable. There are more than 100,000 people in Ile Notre Dame. It would be dangerous and would lead to very long delays,” explains the person nicknamed by his peers Scarpe.

And in conclusion, doctors, who will win the grand prize? The heart of the two doctors tends to the Monaco Charles Leclerc.

“But I don’t care a bit who will win,” D . determiness fest. I, that’s what I love, being with all this gang, this gang of really dedicated people. »

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