Ski doctor, guarding lives on the mountain course

I’m a doctor and a skier.In recent years, I’ve taken on a new identity as ski doctor.For the Beijing Winter Olympics, my team and I will focus on providing medical care for alpine skiers.Alpine skiing, known as “the jewel in the Crown of the Winter Olympics”, is one of the fastest events of the Winter Olympics. The fastest speed in the race is 140 km/h, and the injury rate of athletes is close to 15%.Therefore, alpine skiing track rescue is very difficult.After an athlete is injured, the golden rescue time is 4 minutes. After the referee gives the instruction from “stop starting” to “close the track”, the time left for the rescue staff of the medical station of the track from starting to arriving at the scene is about 1 minute.Therefore, skiing skills and medical skills are equally important for our alpine skiing medical support team.When an athlete falls down with an injury, we have to carry a medical bag weighing more than 10 kilograms and ski to the destination quickly to deal with the injury.We have a team of more than 100 people and 40 domestic ski doctors who are responsible for the rescue of the track.In order to deal with the fracture, spinal injury, craniocerebral injury, maxillofacial injury and so on that may occur at any time in the competition, the team members’ professional background includes orthopedics, neurosurgery, thoracic surgery, respiratory department, etc., and they are selected from more than 10 third-class a hospitals in Beijing.To be a ski doctor, you must reach the level of professional alpine skiing.Because the slopes of alpine courses are steep, with an average gradient of 70%, they are not ordinary powder snow, but compacts of icy snow, which can only stand up if you wear skis and “carve” them with blades.We also have to be able to stop anywhere on the slope and quickly take off and put on our skis for rescue.To reach such a level, the usual training is self-evident.It took us more than three years of intensive training to fill the “experience gap” in ski first aid.Now, the Beijing Winter Olympic Games have begun, we are always ready to provide medical services.It’s a lot of pressure, but we’re surgeons, and we go to war every time we operate, and we’re never afraid of pressure.The only wish is to protect the ice athletes with their own efforts to make the Beijing Winter Olympics smooth and wonderful!Project team: Reporter Liu Bochao, Wang Meiying, Hou Keke

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