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Crash simulation on race tracks

india Updated: Oct 20, 2012 23:43 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla
Jaya Shroff Bhalla
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Car-crash scenarios were simulated on Formula 1 tracks all this week to prepare for medical emergencies, including injuries, burns and fractures arising out of accidents.

From extrication of injured drivers to ambulance transfers to the medical centre, the team trained on tracks in order to prepare to deal with crashes.

“The last two races witnessed a few accidents, which required medical attention but were not grave. But then one can’t rule out a severe emergency situation either,” said Amit Alok, medical coordinator for F1 at the Buddh International Circuit.

“The car and the clothes are designed to cause minimum damage to the driver, but we can’t take chances,” he said.

To fight emergencies, Apollo hospitals has put together a team of 85 people — comprising specialists, doctors and paramedics — for the Formula One event that starts on October 26.