FORMULA 1 AND TREATING HEART ATTACKS. I posted here six years ago about how doctors at a British hospital had studied and consulted with a Formula 1 pit crew to improve their handoffs from the cardiac care unit to the intensive care unit.
Gina Kolata describes the new procedures adopted by the DB2 task force at a New Jersey hospital (DB2 stands for door to balloon time, the time from when a patient enters the hospital to the time when a balloon is inserted in a blocked artery) as follows:
“Now when a patient arrives, staff members swarm the stretcher and within five minutes undress the patient, place defibrillator pads on the chest, insert two intravenous lines, shave the patientâ€™s groin where the catheter will be inserted and snaked up to the heart, supply oxygen through a cannula in the nose, and provide medications like morphine, a blood thinner, and a drug to control heart rhythms.”
Although Formula 1 is not mentioned in the article, the coordinated movements are a lot like what a pit crew does in changing tires and topping up fuel tanks in 6.9 seconds.