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Apr 29, 2012

FIM, Dorna Enhance Medical Services At World Championship Road Races

Deployment of Medical Intervention Vehicles at FIM Road Racing World Championship Events

In order to ensure the highest standards of medical services to the riders in our FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix events the FIM and Dorna have agreed a significant development in the provision of medical services at the FIM Road Racing World Championship events.

These developments relate specifically to the deployment of Medical Intervention Vehicles and will become effective at the beginning of the 2012 season.

The FIM Medical Code and the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations require the provision of Medical Rapid Intervention Vehicles. These vehicles will provide fallen and injured riders with appropriate and all necessary medical treatment with the minimum of delay to supplement the initial assessment and interventions that may be provided by the personnel from an adjacent medical ground post or ambulance prior to the transfer of the injured rider to the medical centre or hospital.
In that regard Dorna have agreed to provide two BMW vehicles to be used for this purpose and the personnel in the vehicles will include doctors experienced in resuscitation and emergency care.

In addition, in order to ensure consistency and familiarity at each event for the riders and the teams in different countries, a small team of doctors experienced in the immediate management of significant trauma from the Instituto Universitario USP Dexeus in Barcelona has been engaged to support, supplement and assist the existing medical service provided locally and their role will be in the provision of trackside assistance in the event of serious injury until transfer to the medical centre or hospital.

A doctor from this team will be present in each of the two vehicles provided by the promoter to accompany and work with the local medical personnel. It is emphasised that this team of doctors who will be present at every event will not replace the local medical personnel but will work together with them and where necessary provide assistance, support and advice.

The deployment of the medical rapid intervention vehicles will be by the Race Director in the event of a red flag situation when the race or practice session is stopped on the recommendation of and in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Medical Director and the Clerk of the Course depending on the circuit, the nature and location of the incident.

This is a result of the ongoing commitment of the FIM and Dorna working together to provide our riders with the highest standards of medical care in keeping with best practice.