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 patient’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.