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a curious question

Post by cookieboy » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:23 pm

As a motorsport fan all my life .I have a question that I cant find a answer for .in years gone by racing drivers had there blood type groups on the lapels of there overalls .does this still happen now or did the regulations change ? any answers would be appreciated .
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Re: a curious question

Post by piman » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:32 pm

Hello Cookie,

I don't know and think that the practice of having it on their overalls hasn't been used for many years, possibly bracelets or similar are used?
Another question though, how did the use of the adjective racing fall into disuse to be substituted by the noun race?, makes me wince every time I hear or read it?

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Re: a curious question

Post by cookieboy » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:43 pm

Amended now alec .its my scrambled brain .


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Re: a curious question

Post by CNHSS1 » Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:10 pm

Ive no idea either


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Re: a curious question

Post by scimjim » Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:57 pm

Military dog tags still list blood type (and religion) to save time. I knew it was to do with blood type testing but a quick google explained it quite well:

Giving a patient the wrong blood is not a very clever thing to do and has potentially fatal consequences. In A and E departments (emergency rooms) blood grouping is always checked (a very quick procedure) irrespective of any overall/bracelet/tattoo which purports to give the correct Grouping. If things are a bit hairy in the meantime there are plenty of plasma expanders etc which are non-blood products and can be administered safely.

Back when drivers started putting their blood groups on their overalls (around 1966/7) blood typing was not a quick procedure (particularly Rh typing) and the plasma expanders which are available today didn't exist. It was also a time when the medical facilites available in some locations were marginal at best.

When I had a SCCA National license (70s/80s) you were required to show your name, date of birth, blood type, allergies and date of last tetnus shot on the back of your helmet.


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Re: a curious question

Post by cookieboy » Fri Jul 03, 2015 6:57 pm

Thank you jim .that explains it perfectly .


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