MotoGP medical team issues statement on Salom accident

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MotoGP medical director Dr. Angel Charte has issued a statement regarding the fatal accident involving Luis Salom during Moto2 practice on Friday in Barcelona.

Salom crashed at Turn 12 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, sustaining injuries that required immediate medical attention before he was transported to a local hospital.

The Spaniard died at 16:55 CET on Friday.

Following Salom’s death, Dr. Charte issued a statement explaining the steps taken by his medical team and the efforts made to save the Moto2 rider.

“The medical team of the FIM MotoGP World Championship and the Medical Team of the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya arrived at the scene of an incident involving Luis Salom at turn 12 of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday 3rd of June 2016 during Moto2 Free Practice 2 to find Luis Salom in cardiac arrest,” the statement reads.

“While at the scene, given the severity of his conditions, they decided to secure his airwaves via orotracheal intubation and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at trackside. They then secured him with a neck brace, introduced two intravenous lines’s and began chest compressions.

“Upon arrival at the scene it was quickly established that Salom was asystolic (in cardiac arrest) and he was immediately administered with medications to cardiopulmonary and hemodynamically stabilise him. They continued CPR at trackside for 18 minutes after which, due to Salom’s life threatening condition, it was decided to transport him to hospital by road in an ambulance.

“During the ambulance transfer treatment continued for another 40 minutes, but his oxygen saturation levels had deteriorated.

“The medical staff then proceeded with a bilateral needle thoracostomy with air and blood aspiration. During the transfer the Hospital General de Catalunya ICU Team was kept constantly updated on the evolution of Salom’s condition.

“Salom arrived at the Hospital General de Catalunya at 16:10pm and he was immediately taken to the emergency ward where the staff on site continued CPR as he was transferred to theatre for the surgical team to perform an explorative laparotomy.

“The patient was declared dead at 16:55pm. The treatment at the track, ground evacuation procedure, transport to the Hospital General de Catalunya and the treatment at the hospital was of the highest standard.”