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RACC and Wings for Life join forces to fight spinal injury

RACC and Wings for Life join forces to fight spinal injury

Specialists in spinal injuries from the USA, Canada, Austria, Switzerland and Spain met at a conference in Barcelona with the aim of improving treatment for victims of road traffic accidents.

The Wings for Life Foundation and the medical service of the RACC with the collaboration of MotoGP organisers Dorna Sports, the Hospital Vall de Hebrón and the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and with support from Acumed Iberica, Medcomtech and Synthes, organised an international ‘Medicine in Motorsports’ congress at the RACC headquarters in Barcelona on July 1st and 2nd.

The meeting had a double objective of both improving the medical treatment for road traffic accident victims, and presenting advances in sports medicine in the field of common spinal injuries.

Thirty specialists from hospitals from the USA, Canada, Austria, Switzerland and Spain were present, with more than 120 professionals from the medical sector attending the 34 presentations on current research into spinal, neurological and trauma injuries, and rescue techniques for victims of traffic accidents.

During the congress the RACC presented a system pioneered in Spain to reduce the risk of further injury when removing a motorcycle crash helmet from the victim of an accident. Eject is a system which helps to take the helmet off without any sudden movement.

The system has until now only been used in sport, and is compulsory in Motocross, Supercross and Formula Indy in the USA, and is used by some riders in MotoGP, who have the system fitted inside their helmet. The emergency medical service of the RACC will introduce the Eject system as part of a treatment protocol for traffic accidents for the first time in Spain.


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