Day 7 at Yas Island: Safest Circuit

The Yas Marina Circuit was said to be one of  the safest Grand Prix Circuit in the world. What was the basis? Check this column out from Abu Dhabi Week.ae.

According to the Yas Marina Circuit’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sean Petherbridge, “For the Formula 1, we’ll have one F1 medical car, five medical intervention/fast-response cars, four cutting vehicles, three extrication teams (of six people), and there will be a total of 15 ambulances. There’ll also be two helicopters fully equipped for medi-vac use.

“There’s also a trauma centre on site, which will have ten medical staff for the event, and there are also foot positions around the circuit (for example, in the pit lanes).

“The total number of personnel, including all administration staff, for the medical team is 83, and if you add up all the vehicles, that comes to about 20.

“We’ve got a great mix of local and international specialists. There’s a much greater local involvement this year, which is great, and we’ve also thrown in some F1 veterans, so that we have the perfect skill mix.”

“The whole team, including the paramedics, doctors, nurses, radiographers, the rescue teams and technicians will all be there to run through their schedules for the day.

What happens if there’s a crash?

“The decision of how to respond is made by myself and the clerk of the course. We will only go out on to the circuit if the driver is trapped, not moving or if it’s obvious that there’s an injury on-screen.

“The first to deploy is the Formula 1 medical car, which is a silver Mercedes estate C63 AMG. This goes out with one of our doctors and the nearest medical intervention car. This is a car with a doctor, a paramedic and a fast response driver as backup.

“Between them, they run the trauma scene. It may be that the car needs to be cut; then we ask for a rescue crew to come out. Then the extrication team will secure the driver in the seat of the car. They’ll fix the head in the seat, then lift the entire structure out of the vehicle safely.

“Finally the ambulance arrives for transportation back to the medical centre. At the medical centre the driver is stabilised, and in nearly all cases is flown to hospital with one of the medical helicopters.

“The primary receiving hospital is Sheikh Khalifa Medical Center, but we’d use Mafraq Hospital if it’s a burns case. Abu Dhabi Military have also set up a 100-bed field hospital, on Yas Island, expandable to 180 beds, should it be needed for a major disaster.”



Yesterday I was able to meet a real Formula 1 driver. For some reasons, I can not mention his name.

He was an international F1 superstar. On my face.

I was totally star-strucked.



After our day shift at the tent hospital, we hurriedly went back to the hotel to change our scrubs and have some quick dinner.

The concert venue was basically a 30-minute walk from the hotel so we were perspiring by the time we arrived at the concert gates. The venue is called the Concert Arena, and it is located inside the Ferrari World compound.

The place was full of people. I’ve never seen such amount of alcohol here in the Middle East. Almost everyone was carrying a glass of beer.

I am not a Kanye West fan, and I wasn’t very familiar with his songs. But I just tried to dance with the music as everybody was doing.

Our group did not finish the concert as we still have some work in the morning. We had another 30-minute walk going back to the hotel. The dancing and the walking were some good exercises and made me burn the calories I have been taking in the hotel buffets for the last seven days.

Tomorrow, Linkin Park will be performing. I guess I will enjoy this more coz this is a band. More dancing and walking tomorrow.


Thanks to everyone who’s been following up on my daily posts.

Got to sleep now.


8 Responses to “Day 7 at Yas Island: Safest Circuit”

  1. 1 Malu
    November 13, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    You have a very cool job there! Well done!


  2. 2 Joseph
    November 17, 2010 at 7:23 am

    geez, how i envy you! how i wanted to watch a grand prix race! and you are even part of the medical team! this is way too cool! lucky you!!! good luck and take care!


  3. 3 digitalcatharsis
    November 21, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Hi MALU, thanks for coming here!
    Hi JOSEPH, thanks for dropping by! Just my luck!


  4. June 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Wow, so many directives. And everything’s planned perfectly, meron pang perfect skill mix and kung sino magdedecide. It must feel so cool to work there talaga. Haha, not to mention Mr. F1 superstar. Katuwa naman, parang buong time you are starstruck there. Linkin Park, Prince, Kanye West, Racecar drivers. That’s the life. 🙂


  5. June 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    You’re lucky enough to experience all of these… 🙂


  6. 7 kat
    June 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    never pa akong nakapanood ng race….exciting siguro no? hehe


  7. June 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    ako rin Mommy Kat gusto ko rin ma experience makapanood ng car racing together with my hubby kasi mahilig sya sa mga cars 🙂


I'd love to hear from you. Share your thoughts with me here :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

No one person can ever experience all that life has to offer. It is only through sharing - experiences, feelings, insights - that we can hope to grow beyond our own meager lifetime.

Nurses are tough people. But behind great nurses are inspirations to keep them doing what they need to do - TO CARE.

Nurse or non-nurse, please feel free to move around the site. Everybody needs inspirations to be encouraged every now and then.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,329 other followers

***Inspirational quotes are lifted from elsewhere (Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram). If there are issues regarding copyright, please let me know and I'll take the post down.

Blog Stats

  • 341,810 hits




November 2010
« Oct   Dec »

Live Traffic Feed

Proud Member :)



Health posts here are the author's opinion and should not be taken as professional advice. It is still best to consult your physician. Posts in this site protect patient confidentiality, so if you have any concerns regarding any of the nursing posts, please send me a message and I will be happy to address them.

%d bloggers like this: