Colin_P wrote:It makes my mind boggle that on such a large sporting event they didn't seemingly have proper emergency medical facilities. For anything like this there should be an AED available or even several along the route. An AED is an Automatic External Defibrillator.
Kris Cook might well be alive today if those treating him had access to one.
Rest in peace Kris.
How many would you need and how many people trained to use them? It was a 100 mile route so assuming a maximum allowable time to restore blood to the brain of 4 minutes and zero response time of getting the message out and AED moving you'd have to have one every four miles along the route or hope to get lucky in the location of any cardiac event. And that's assuming you could achieve 30mph response speed on country roads clogged with cyclists. In practice you'd probably need them at 1 mile intervals to be any use. I am sure they did have some on the route but probably far better to rely on a fast ambulance response time - Guildford was quite close to where it happened. I did have one ambulance go through in the leaving London leg and everyone moved over with the blues and twos going.
Its not unique to cycling either. This regularly happens on marathons. The London Marathon sudden cardiac death rate is 1 per 80,000 finishers so about par for this which has had one death now over three years of about 25,000 participants a year.
Not that any of that makes it less sad or less painful.