Vroom, Vroom, Vroom - Formula 1 Fiset: anesthesiologist at The Montreal Children's Hospital works in the fast lane at the Canadian Grand Prix

    MONTREAL, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Anesthesiologist, Pierre Fiset is use to
living in the fast lane. As the Director of Anesthesia at The Montreal
Children's Hospital (MCH) of the MUHC, he oversees thousands of surgeries each
year. This experience will serve him well this weekend as he manages the Race
Track Hospital at the Canadian Grand Prix. Along with colleague, Jean-Marc
Chauny from Hôpital Sacré-Coeur, he will manage the 150 health professionals
who will take care of any and all medical situations during the race.
    "Recruitment and coordination of physicians to the Race Track Hospital is
key," says Dr. Fiset. "The medical team includes anesthesiologists, emergency
physicians, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, plastic and orthopedic surgeons. All
told, there will be about 40 physicians. We will also have more than 20 nurses
and 15 respiratory therapists on site."
    Other key players include racecar rescue attendants, first-responders and
ambulance personnel, pit-lane teams, and other professionals who will be on
    "The track hospital is similar to a very well-equipped emergency room,"
says Dr. Fiset. "If one of the drivers is in a crash, we will be able to
provide primary interventions, such as, stabilization and resuscitation. Our
job is to stabilize the patient before he or she is sent to hospital."
    Due to limited access to the site, helicopters will be available to
transport critical patients to the trauma centre at Hôpital Sacré-Coeur.
    "We are prepared to manage most medical situations; including serious
ones. Over the years we have had great success. This is thanks to careful
planning, leadership by the medical director, Dr. Jacques Bouchard and
Dr. Ronald Denis, and the entire team's medical expertise."
    In addition to the medical facilities for the formula one drivers, a
public hospital will be set-up for fans. "This facility will treat everything
from sunburn to hypothermia, heart attacks to fractures," says Dr. Fiset, who
is also involved with the coordination of this medical centre.
    It is estimated, that more than 100 racers and 125 000 people will attend
the Grand Prix, which begins Thursday, June 5.

    The Montreal Children's Hospital (MCH) is the pediatric teaching hospital
of the McGill University Health Centre and is affiliated with McGill
University. The MCH is a leader in providing a broad spectrum of highly
specialized care to newborns, children, and adolescents from across Quebec.
Our areas of medical expertise include programs in brain
development/behaviour, cardiovascular sciences, critical care, medical
genetics and oncology, tertiary medical and surgical services, and trauma
care. Fully bilingual, the hospital also promotes multiculturalism and serves
an increasingly diverse community in more than 50 languages. The Montreal
Children's Hospital sets itself apart with its team approach to innovative
patient care. Our health professionals and staff are dedicated to ensuring
children and their families receive exceptional health care in a friendly and
supportive environment.

For further information:

For further information: Lisa Dutton, Manager, Public Relations and
Communications MCH, (514) 412-4307, lisa.dutton@muhc.mcgill.ca

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