How did China’s first high mountain “ski doctors” become?


As the crown jewel of the Winter Olympics and one of the most dangerous snow and ice sports, alpine skiing has drawn attention from a different group of athletes — China’s first “ski doctors.”To ensure the safety of the athletes, the “ski doctor” will carry a rescue bag weighing 15 kg to the injured person through the track as soon as possible for emergency medical treatment…How did China’s first mountain “ski doctors” become?What are some memorable moments from the test events and The Winter Olympics?What progress and gaps have been made in ice and snow medicine in China in recent years?…With a series of problems, the reporter recently anesthesia depth dialogue Peking union medical college hospital doctor CheLu, Peking University third hospital should anesthesiologists hakuho, moves the gate of traditional Chinese medicine academy of sciences hospital emergency department doctor China, China academy of traditional Chinese medicine xiyuan hospital medicine doctor FuYan intensivists four busy in the front line of the Beijing Olympics games security alpine skiing health care team members,Uncover the growing experiences of China’s first “ski doctor” tiantuan and listen to their aspirations.Reporter: Please give me a brief introduction of yourself and your specific tasks in ensuring the Olympic Games.Che Lu: BEFORE 2018, I was an ordinary skier. At that time, I saw the hospital published a notice on the Internet to recruit ski doctor volunteers, which emphasized three key points: I have a certain level of skiing foundation — my skiing skills can slide smoothly on the dark track of the public ski resort;Medical rescue ability – my job is an anesthesiologist, so basic life support, advanced life support these rescue work is my job;Fluent communication in English – I can do simultaneous interpretation.I met all three requirements perfectly, so I applied without hesitation.”Ski doctor” Che Lu at the Yanqing area of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.Bai Peng: I am 38 years old and have been skiing for 12 years. At first, I fell in love with the feeling of free riding on the snow because of the chance of skiing.Before the snow season, I spent most of my spare time skiing, and I could spend 30 or 40 days in the ski resort every year.At present, I have obtained the second-level instructor qualification of the Canadian Ski Instructor Federation.Tian Jialu: I am 29 years old and have been skiing for nine years. This time, I am in charge of medical support for the Winter Olympics in Genting Ski Park in Zhangjiakou area of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.Photo shows “ski doctor” Tian Jialu participating in the air rescue drill.Fu Yan: I fell in love with skiing during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Since then, it has been out of control. Now I am a member of the medical support team of the Alpine Ski center.”There is no shortcut, only hard practice, hard practice, hard practice” Question: The Alpine medical team selected nearly 40 “ski doctors” in China in 2018.What was the selection process then?What is the training intensity after being selected? What is the current level of your skiing skills?Che Lu: The training intensity of the four years is still very big, because you have to get used to the icy snow surface specially prepared for alpine skiing, and you have to prevent yourself from slipping on the steep slope and carry out rescue.I had a bruise on my ribs and a hematoma on my hip.In order to be competent for this job, which has high requirements on physical fitness, I also try my best to exercise more than 3 times a week in non-snow season in my spare time, so that my weight bearing ability, muscle strength and reaction speed are no less than boys.Tian Jialu: IN 2018, I was selected by the hospital to participate in the first batch of TCM Skiing medical Support team of Beijing Administration of TCM, and entered the supplementary test of Skiing doctor of BoCOG as a student with straight A’s in skiing, English and professional knowledge. In 2019, I officially became a member of the Medical support team of Skiing of Beijing Winter Olympics.Since December 2018, we have been coasting on steep slopes with heavy first-aid bags and practicing taking off skis to conduct first-aid drills.After more than 3 years of all-round training, I have been able to carry a 15kg first-aid bag and slide freely on various slopes.The picture shows fu Yeon, a ski doctor, taking a photo at the ski resort.Fu Yan: In 2018, I signed up for the Traditional Chinese Medicine Skiing Support Team, and as a student with three straight A’s in skiing, English and professional knowledge, I finally received the admission notice from the Winter Olympic Organizing Committee after multiple screening.I’m so happy to finally be able to serve the Winter Olympics.But my wife was a little worried, he said, “Skiing is a very dangerous sport, and the snow and ice, you thin arms and thin legs, can you do it?”I told him IF I could, I would.So with this Olympic feeling, set foot on the journey of ski doctor.When it comes to how a ski doctor is made, there is no shortcut, only practice, practice, practice.After a winter of hard training, I ranked among the best among all the girls in the skiing examination organized by the Winter Olympic Organizing Committee. I also got the first-class coach certification in Canada and Austria.Reporter: Can you tell us a memorable medical rescue case from the previous test events and this Winter Olympics?What are the features and rescue difficulties of the National Alpine Ski Center “Snow Swallow”?How to find and transfer the injured as soon as possible?A medical team from the National Alpine Ski Center trains in Chongli on March 14, 2021.Che Lu: The alpine skiing course provided by “Xuefeiyan” is regarded as one of the most difficult and challenging courses in the world. Many people say that “the course is too scary”.It’s hard to fully describe the mental and physical challenges it brings to athletes.In particular, the fastest downhill events can reach instantaneous speeds of 130 to 140 kilometers per hour.Even the best athletes can lose their balance and fall and injure themselves.Many athletes and coaches give a shout of encouragement at the moment they set off.This leap, like rushing off a cliff, facing the unknown and defying fear, really conveys the unique charm of Olympic ice and snow sports.On the day of the men’s downhill event, Germany’s second starter suffered an upper limb injury after losing balance in the upper part of the Haiduo Bowl and was unable to finish the race.I did some research on him that night and found out that he had also fallen and injured himself at the 2017 World Series and had to be transported off the track by a rescue boat.Injuries are common to alpine skiers, so I admire them all the more for their spirit of constantly challenging themselves and their love and dedication to the sport.The Performance of the Chinese athletes was also very exciting, just to finish on this track is a great achievement.With such venues as “Snow Flying Swallow”, China’s alpine skiing has also stood on a higher platform.Members of the medical team of the National Alpine Skiing Center stand guard at the track during a test event for the Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games on Feb 21, 2021.Bai Peng: It is the first time for the National Alpine Skiing Center to unveil its mysterious veil to the whole world. As a brand-new ski venue built recently, it is quite difficult to guarantee it.When the international Snow Federation inspected the course before, it was evaluated that the difficulty of the course ranked among the top three in the world.So the rescue effort faces a big challenge.Multiple rescue points are set up throughout the course to ensure that ski doctors have no blind spots to observe the entire course.If a runner makes a mistake and falls, at least one of the rescue points on the track can be detected by a doctor.For doctors, it can observe the injury process of athletes, and play a good role in preliminary injury judgment.In international competitions, the ice and snow track is inaccessible to machinery, so medical rescue workers are required to reach the injured athletes in the first time by skiing.The golden rescue time is only 4 minutes, so skiing skills are very basic and necessary, no matter how strong the medical rescue ability, if it cannot reach the athlete, it will not play a role.After the initial pre-hospital first aid, we will rescue the athletes according to their injuries. For the injured who cannot move by themselves, they will be transferred by rescue ship or helicopter.Tian Jialu: IN February 2021, I participated in the medical security work of the track in Zhangjiakou Genting Area, a test event of the “Meet Me in Beijing” Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. I was deeply impressed and moved by the performances of many disabled skiers both on and off the track.Skiing is a sport with high requirements for physical fitness and balance, and they have to pay unimaginable, more and more hard efforts to realize their dreams.I watched the disabled athletes whizzing on the slopes, feeling the charm and fun of ice and snow sports.There is also the friendly spirit of disabled athletes on the field of competition.Their optimism, confidence and perseverance, so that every staff present are deeply encouraged.At the side of the track, I thought to myself: “You work hard in the field, we will do our best to protect your safety.”On February 10, “ski doctor” Bai Peng undertook the task of medical support for the Winter Olympics.(Photo provided by interviewees) Fu Yan: The high speed, easy injury and difficult rescue of downhill, downhill and Super G slalom events have a strong test of medical security level.Especially in the downhill race, the risk factor is great.In the extreme cold of minus 30 degrees Celsius, the difficulty of first aid skills, which had already been mastered, almost doubled on the steep course.The sharp mountain wind cut his face like a knife, and his hands were numb with cold not long after he had removed his gloves.On ski slopes, rescuers not only have to make sure they don’t slide off, but also make sure medical equipment doesn’t slide off.On a steep track it is difficult to know the Angle and force of the press, how to maintain balance and how well the team mates work together.In the competition, we should always keep a close eye on every athlete like a high-speed camera. Once an accident happens, we should rush to the athlete’s side in the first time, accurately identify the injured part for treatment, and safely transfer to the medical station.To this end, in daily training, we should constantly practice skiing skills, master the essentials of movement, and form muscle memory. We should practice skiing on the slope as proficiently as walking.”Foreign doctors also have a new understanding and evaluation of us.” Question: Are there any exchanges and cooperation between Chinese doctors and foreign doctors in protecting alpine skiing?How do experts of international organizations and foreign doctors evaluate Chinese doctors?Che Lu: Because alpine skiing is not our country’s traditional strength, we lack experience in big competitions.The medical support team for this Winter Olympic Games should be an international team, consisting of foreign ski doctors, Chinese ski doctors, foreign patrol members, Chinese patrol members, Chinese medical stations, Chinese helicopter rescue team, And Chinese team 120.A rescue site is made up of ski doctors and patrol members. It is a good opportunity for international exchange and learning, especially in the technical difficulties that are unique to the rescue of the track, the foreign ski doctors and patrol members are very friendly.Bai Peng: Foreign ski doctors may have doubts about our ability when they first came to China before the Opening of the Winter Olympics, because there were no professional ski doctors in China before.After simple communication and run-in, in the first few days of the actual guarantee task of the Winter Olympic Games, they saw that our professional skills and skiing skills were very strong, the two sides also had good communication and cooperation, and foreign doctors also had a new understanding and evaluation of us.Tian Jialu: International ski doctors, international patrol members and domestic ski doctors are required to cooperate to complete rescue and guarantee tasks.Before the race, we communicated with Jenny Schutt, vice president of the MEDICAL Committee of the INTERNATIONAL Snow Federation, about the rescue process and conducted rescue drills on the track.The IAF doctors were full of praise for our rescue work on the track, the preparation of our backpacks and the preservation of first-aid medicines in the extreme cold.Fu Yan: The Beijing Olympics gave us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with the international patrol team and the international ski doctor.With nearly 40 years of ski rescue experience, these international “ski doctors” have set an example for us in terms of patrol, observation of rescue sites, selection of first aid equipment, ability analysis of team members, and serious and professional attitude in rescue.I believe that after the End of the Winter Olympics, each of our team members can have a great degree of improvement in the rescue field.Reporter: What progress has been made in ice and snow medicine in China in recent years?What is the gap between international first-class level and international first-class level?What are your suggestions and hopes?Che Lu: Actually, what we lack is the experience of big competitions.Many of the skiers in our team are no less skilled than the foreign experts who came here this time, and they have a good command of pre-hospital trauma treatment.But track rescue is a coordinated effort involving athletes, track management, team doctors, ski doctors, patrols, docking stations or helicopter rescue teams.The actual operation process requires multi-party coordination ability, overcome language communication barriers, be familiar with the rules and procedures of the competition itself, and give correct judgment and treatment in the shortest time without delaying the progress of the competition, so as to minimize the injury of the athletes.Although we are still in the learning process, with the deepening of the competition, our confidence and experience are accumulating, and we have the confidence to complete the task of ensuring the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.Bai Peng: The foundation of snow and ice sports in China is relatively weak.In terms of medical skills, we are not bad, but what we lack is the experience of on-site guarantee in international competitions.I believe that we have gained a lot of experience and the level of our ski doctors will be greatly improved after the test events and the Winter Olympics.Fu Yan: Snow mountain rescue is still in its infancy in China, which not only means that the team members need to pay more pains and efforts in training, but also means that they have more opportunities to practice and explore in this aspect.During the training, the team trained during the day and met at night to discuss rescue plans.Everyone’s idea is very simple, after the promotion and popularization of domestic ice and snow sports, snow emergency rescue demand will increase, to develop alpine skiing rescue plan in line with the characteristics of Our country.There is no lack of chief physicians and deputy chief physicians in the team. They often analyze from their own professional perspective, put forward opinions and rack their brains for formulating plans.This is not only an example for me to learn, but also a valuable asset in my medical career.Source/Xinhua Daily Telegraph (reporters Li Bin, Lin Miaomiao, Xia Ke, Jiang Hanzhang) Editor/Chen Xiaobing signed/Zhifei producer/Xi Shujun

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