Joe Frickin' Friday Posted March 25, 2007 Share Posted March 25, 2007 Today I attended a course on accident scene management. I've had basic first aid courses before, but somehow they didn't seem quite adequate to me. This course skipped basic first aid, but covered a lot more stuff that's likely to be relevant if you ever encounter (or are involved in) a motorcycle accident. It was put on by an instructor from Accident Scene Management, Inc. in conjunction with a local HOG chapter. In fact, apart from one other fellow and myself, everyone in attendance was a HOG member, as was the instructor. We covered a lot of items, including traffic management, how to move an injured victim safely (only when necessary), how to safely remove a full face helmet (if mouth-2-mouth is needed) without exacerbating any possible neck injury, and a "jaw thrust" technique for ensuring an open air way during mouth-2-mouth, again without exacerbating any possible neck injury. The instructor also covered what ought to be in an accident response kit that you can carry on your bike. Not just first aid stuff, but things like an orange safety vest, and light sticks, and so on. Everyone will have different limits for what they're willing to carry on a bike, but there was a lot of good info there. One item that really impressed me: trauma shears (I think that's what they were called). These are a brutally tough pair of scissors; she damn near cut a penny in half with them. But one of the blades has a blunted tip so that you can safely use it to cut away a victim's clothing without gouging his skin, so that you can get clear access to any wounded area without the victim having to undergo the usual contortions to remove his clothes. These shears need to be tough, of course, in case you have to cut through leathers. A couple of other low-volume items that may prove invaluable: a couple of aspirin (for a victim of a cardiac event), and a couple of Benadryl (for a victim of anaphylactic shock following insect sting/bite). Frankly I could use a refresher course on basic first aid, including CPR. If you're serious about taking some steps to be ready for the worst, I'd suggest the following sequence: 1. basic first aid course, including CPR (check the schedule at a local community college) 2. ASMI's beginner course 3. ASMI's advanced course. The beginner course I took ran from 8-2. Had my schedule permitted, I probably would have stayed for the advanced course, which ran from 2-6. I'll look it up again later this spring or summer. Check it out! Someday, you may be glad you did. Link to comment
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