Central Texas nurses, physicians to provide health care at F1



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Posted on October 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 29 at 6:20 PM

AUSTIN --  Central Texas health care providers are getting ready for Formula 1 weekend. They’re busy planning and training for whatever could happen at the inaugural race less than 20 days away.

Dr. Christopher Ziebell is the medical director of the Emergency Department at University Medical Center Brackenridge.

Out at F1, he's also director of medical facilities that will care for the spectators.

From putting on band-aids to the possibility of a mass casualty, Dr. Ziebell says they're ready and that “if a car loses a tire and it goes flying into the crowd, we've been practicing evacuation protocols and mass casualty protocols.”

Other physicians are responsible for the care of the drivers.

Dr. Ziebell says most of the “drivers will bring with them a medical team of their own, so there will be medical people from all over the world who will be there.”

He points out since very few of those will be licensed in Texas, the actual care will be provided by local physicians on the track.

On site, there is a medical center, which will be staffed with physicians and specialty surgeons, as well as seven first aid tents.

Seton won the bid as "Official Health Care Provider for Circuit of the Americas." Local physicians staffed by Emergency Services Partners through it’s affiliation with Seton will also be part of medical care in Elroy.

Shirley Borgmann is the clinical manager of special events for Seton. She has ordered supplies for the center and tents and says the equipment should be arriving this week. She's also in charge of staffing those tents with nurses. “I will have 18 nurses out there,” Borgmann said.

“Injuries in F1 and racing itself are different than street injures, so we've been working on that as well,” she said.
Spectators treated at the event will not be charged. They'll only get a bill if they are transported and treated at a hospital.

There will also be two helicopters ready to transport in an emergency.

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