Following our awesome Harley Davidson Client Appreciation Night (if we do say so ourselves), we thought it would be fitting to spotlight an organization that works to reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists.
They teach both bystanders and professional rescuers what to do in order to prevent further injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists when a crash occurs.
Excitement is growing nationwide regarding a program that is bound to make a difference in communities. The EMS has done much over the years to save lives by providing more specialized training and equipment to professionals. Though the number of CPR trained general public is at it’s highest level; CPR is really geared at handling heart attack and choking victims and doesn’t adequately deal with trauma situations where spinal immobilization and bleeding are other critical factors. The biggest hindrance to bystander care is fear and lack of knowledge. The weakest link in the EMS “Chain of Survival” is the Early Life Saving Intervention. Outcomes could be greatly enhanced by providing the earliest possible proper care and intervention. Trained bystanders can provide that care and work as an asset to the EMS already in place. It can be taught at schools, churches, community hospitals, to clubs, & businesses (US Dept. of Labor claims workers are more likely to die in motor vehicle crashes than in any other job-related incident – 1996 report).
The purpose of the ASM Programs are to enhance the survival rate and reduce severity of injuries for the injured riders of all motorized vehicles. They expect to decrease the chance of rescuer injury due to inappropriate actions at the accident scene. They also expect to educate motorists how to protect themselves legally and financially should an accident occur.
Goals and Objectives
The program is directed toward specifics issues related to traffic safety and motorcycle related crashes including the assessment and treatment of the injured as well as how to safely administer care. They use simple acronyms such as PACT and ABCSS of Trauma to help the responder recall priorities
P – Prevent Further Injury (Scene Safety)
A – Assess the Situation (to gather information for 911 call)
C – Contact the EMS (do not delay – do this while doing step one and two if you have a cell phone signal and do not have to leave the scene to call for help)
T – Treat the injured with Life Sustaining Care (using the ABCSS of Trauma to prioritize)
A – Airway (determine if the person is breathing. Lift jaw keeping neck straight if you do not believe the person is breathing).
B – Breathing (if the person is not breathing on their own keep the jaw lifted and using a breathing barrier, give two breaths initially then one every 6-8 seconds).
C – Circulation (in trauma, a loss of circulation comes from bleeding. Look for and treat obvious external bleeding using Direct Pressure, Elevation and a Pressure Point or Tourniquet (limbs only) if necessary.
S – Shock (consider internal bleeding – elevate legs, cover the person for warmth and stay calm. Do not give them anything to drink even if they ask).
S – Spinal Immobilization (hold the person’s next still until the Emergency workers arrive and take over for you)
Today we are donating $100 to Road Guardians because we love what they are doing.