What if you are the first responder to a crash? Do you know what to do?
• How do I prevent further injury?
• How do I secure the scene?
• When should I remove the rider’s helmet? When should I leave it on?
• If I do need to remove their helmet, how do I do that?
• What first aid supplies should I carry on my bike? (click here for answer)
I recently attended (and highly recommend) “A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist” that answered these questions and more. This course is one of several by Accident Scene Management - USA (www.accidentscene.org) and was put on locally by Ride Safe Idaho (http://ridesafeidaho.org). The idea behind the class is that the first people on the scene of a motorcycle crash will likely be fellow motorcyclists, and that what happens between the time of the crash and the time professional help arrives (EMS, Life Flight, etc.) can make a huge difference in survival and degree of injury. An additional consideration is that many of us ride in rural areas where emergency services (or even cell phone coverage) may not be close by.
Crashing – and the injury that often accompanies crashing – is not something that most riders like to dwell on. But the reality is that crashes and injuries DO happen to riders – most of us have either been injured in a crash or know someone who has. This class helped me to feel more confident and capable to care for a fellow rider in the event of a crash. Just as important, some of the people I ride with also took that class and knowing that THEY know what to do is also a plus. I hope we never have to use these skills, but I’m glad that we have them.
This class is appropriate for all riders and is ideal for riding groups and clubs. Here is a short video of the person who created the class – Vicki Sanfelipo, RN/EMT – summarizing the basics during a presentation at Sturgis.
With the permission of Ride Safe Idaho we are also sharing with you a pdf of “A Motorcycle First Aid Kit has special needs” – a document that was given to us when we took the class. Take a look – this may be a good time to refresh your first aid supplies.
None of us want to or plan to crash – and it is our hope that it doesn’t happen. But we know that it could happen – either to us, or to one of our fellow riders. If it does happen, how prepared are you to assist your fellow riders? How prepared are they to assist you? Learn more about these courses at www.accidentscene.org and http://ridesafeidaho.org.
Ride safe – Ride lots,