FIA says Yas medical facilities ‘excellent’

Published December 28th, 2009 - 03:31 GMT
The FIA Medical Commission has heaped lavish praise on facilities at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Khalifa and Mafraq hospitals, terming the standards as being “high level” and “excellent” while also giving the medical team a thumbs-up for “excellent overall performance” on race weekend.
These observations are contained in an activities report jointly prepared by the Commission’s Formula 1™ Medical Delegate Prof. Jean-Charles Piette and Formula 1™ Rescue Coordinator Dr Gary Hartstein for 2009 which was recently placed before the World Motor Sport Council.
FIA Vice President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who attended the December 11 World Motor Sport Council meeting, said: “The observations contained in the Medical Commission’s report go a long way to demonstrate that the inaugural Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was an all-round success.
“Every element connected with the Grand Prix – the circuit, the organization, the administration and now the medical facilities, both on and off track – have drawn high praise from all quarters of the FIA.
“While the Race Promoters’ Trophy went to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for providing Formula One with a state-of-the-art circuit, the icing on the cake is the Medical Commission’s report as it highlights our determination to provide the best medical facilities possible and overall concern for safety which tops our list of priorities,” Sulayem added.
Sulayem, who is also President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, said the Commission’s report was further testimony to Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s commitment to excellence on par, if not above, with international norm.
The Commission’s report noted that Sheikh Khalifa Hospital is a “high level teaching hospital with direct access by helicopter,” while Mafraq is an “excellent hospital, exemplary for severe burn cases,” also with direct access by helicopter.
The on-site medical center at Yas Marina Circuit also came in for praise, with the Commission’s delegates noting that it is “very prestigious with layout in conformity with the plan approved by the Circuits Commission and satisfying the specifications required for a Grade I circuit.”
Importantly, the two delegates also noted the “perfect physical and visual isolation” positioning of the medical center located at the start of the pit, besides and in line with Race Control with a vast area adjacent reserved for two helicopters.
In detailed observations, the two delegates expressed their full satisfaction at facilities, including well signposted, at the anti-doping control center, backup electricity supply provisions via batteries and external generator, TV image reception quality from Race Control, Internet, centralized oxygen installation and, direct and unimpeded access from the track.
The Commission’s delegates further noted that during training over two days, it was noticed that the novice extrication teams were “rapidly efficient” and at the time of the race credited the medical team with “excellent overall performance.”
The inaugural Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend was held from October 30 to November 1.

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