|Back In The Saddle
Here we go again. This is my second attempt at a newsletter so with a little luck this will all come together. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
Let me start by thanking all of you for your interest and dedication to helping make the road a safer place for bikers. I get about 50 e mails and/or calls a day asking what the heck is a Rescue Rider? I do my best to respond to every call and e mail to answer your questions and am happy to tell you I have an answer for all of you.... What is a Rescue Rider? I am not going to answer that.... Tricked you didn't I... The reason I am not going to answer is that if you read the article below titled "You Can Make A Difference" you can see exactly what a Rescue Rider is. This article was sent to me from Dave Mackie who is one of our Regional Coordinators from Wisconsin. Dave does a much better job in showing what our program has been developed for.
On another note, are any of you heading to Harley Davidson's 105th anniversary celebration August 28th-31st? The Red Cross and regional Medical Reserve Corps has asked for some help for the Rescue Riders. With attendance estimated to be several hundred thousand bikers, many of our brothers & sisters will unfortunately need a hand. If you are making the journey to this event this year, we would love to hear from you.
I am also please to share with you an article written by Vicki Sanfelipo. Vicki is the founder and director of Accident Scene Management and a most excellent person. I hope you enjoy Vicki's article.
If you know of someone who you think would have an interest in our program, can you please forward this newsletter to them and help us spread the word?
Until next issue, ride safe & often.
When not running the Rescue Rider program as a volunteer, I run an insurance agency West of Chicago. One of my favorite parts of running my agency is working with other bikers protecting what matters most. Combining my passion for riding, the Rescue Riders and protecting other bikers has been a wonderful journey. If I can help you please let me know.
Allstate Agent Dean Akey
|You Can Make A Difference
First and foremost I want to thank you for your dedication to the Rescue Riders, I signed up on July 21st after riding with the ASMI and Women in Motion ride and a little prodding from Tony and Vicki. I believe in being prepared. I completed the ASMI class several years ago and never had a serious accident to utilize the skills and training that I received. On Tuesday night July 22nd I came across a motorcycle accident just a few miles from my home.
My road was in the process of being repaved. The County had the base coat of asphalt down on both lanes now. I was coming home after picking up my second oldest daughter Aimee from Pick n Save where she works.We were heading South on Highway X and about 3 mile from our house when we came upon a motorcyclist that had failed to negotiate the curve and lost control causing the bike to high side and flip. A young woman was on the pavement and moving around trying to get up, I saw the driver of the bike ahead on the shoulder and he looked like he was ok and trying to get the bikes transmission out of gear. I pulled ahead and turned my flashers on and Instructed Aimee to wave and slow down any cars approaching from the South. A young man who also arrived at the scene about the same time as I did stated the he had already called for an ambulance. I instructed the young man to drive his car North from the scene and turn on his flashers and to stop any traffic coming from the North. I then attended to the young woman, She had suffered severe head trauma (she wan't wearing a helmet) she also had a lot of cuts, bruise and scraping on her hands, arms, legs and abdomen. I observed that she was going into shock so I started asking her questions, I obtained her name,(Laurie) age (42) and tried to find out where she lived. She was asking what happened. As I was questioning her, the driver of the motorcycle started the bike and drove off (Creep!!!) after about 3-5 minutes a first responder arrived, He asked if I was a First responder and I replied that My name is Dave Mackie and I'm a Rescue Rider. I explained about the training and how it addressed the specific injuries that occur to motorcyclist and their riders. We both attended the young woman and tried to keep her calm and lying still. A short time later the Kronnewetter Police officer arrived, he asked who was first on the scene, I identified myself, I'm Dave Mackie Rescue rider, Officer Rassmussen looked somewhat surprised and I continued to explain Who the Rescue Riders were and that we "ride for a reason". Later the Ambulance team and EMT's arrived. The Mosinee Police, County Deputies and Kronnewetter Fire Dept followed. The Emt in charge of the accident scene asked who I was and I again Identified myself I'm Dave Mackie "Rescue Rider". I again explained our training and our cause. The flight for life Air ambulance was called... After answering the officers questions I was instructed that I could leave. As on was on my way home I thought of PACT Protect, Assess, Call for help and Treat the Injuries. I couldn't belive how clear my thoughts were and how I remembered every thing right away. Thanks for having the dream to build a network of trained riders ready to respond to a downed rider. I see the ASMI and Rescue Riders as a perfect fit. Thanks again for a excellent job in training the people in the ASMI classes and for your selfless work in the arena of motorcycling.
Your longtime riding friend, Dave Mackie
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly.......
Leave the rest to God.
Until we meet again,
Rescue Riders Training
|Is it a Heart Attack or a Motorcycle Crash?
Is it a Heart Attack or a Motorcycle Crash?
Vicki Sanfelipo, RN/EMT - Director Accident Scene Management, Inc.
I am very concerned about motorcyclists. I've been riding for well over 20 years and used to be able to enjoy the ride without knowing how vulnerable I was. I am not talking about protective gear or the fact that we are not surrounded by metal. I'm talking about what happens in the event we go down. Bikers are at much higher risk of dying in the event of a crash. I believe that something can be done to improve our outcome and it isn't solved by mandatory helmets.
According to NHTSA, 2007 Recent Trends in Motorcycle Crashes:
In 2005, motorcycles made up 2.5 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States and accounted for only 0.4 percent of all vehicle miles traveled (VMT). However, in the same year, motorcyclists accounted for 10.5 percent of total traffic fatalities. Per 100,000 registered vehicles, the fatality rate for motorcyclists (73.12) in 2005 was 5.4 times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants (13.64). Per vehicle mile traveled in 2005, motorcyclists (42.27) were about 37 times as likely as passenger car occupants (1.14) to die in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
While NHTSA statistics are often questioned, without other stats to point to, their statistics shows an alarming trend. Even if they are off this is STILL alarming! We (motorcyclists) must not accept the fact that 10.5 % of motor vehicle fatalities are motorcycle related. I have been tracking these statistics for 12 years and they have not significantly changed. While we (bikers) have put all of our eggs into one basket by concentrating on avoiding the crash in the first place, treatment when the crash occurs has largely been ignored. It hasn't only been ignored by motorcyclists, it's been ignored by the Emergency Medical System (EMS) as well! While avoiding the crash in the first place is extremely important, all of our efforts have not significantly changed the number of motorcycle related crashes. (NHTSA - 93Motorcycles).
I recently toured a 911 dispatch center. I asked what advice they would give for a motorcyclist who was not breathing and had a full faced helmet on. They said they would recommend that the caller pump on the chest, up to 300 times per minute. I asked a group of 50 motorcyclists how they would treat a motorcyclist who wasn't breathing and was unconscious. They said THEY would open the airway (head tilt/chin lift) and do chest compressions. I polled EMTs. 75% were not comfortable with the jaw thrust method of opening a person's airway while keeping the neck straight and 60% had not learned helmet removal as part of their training.
So much needs to be done in the area of Motorcycle Trauma Treatment, I am dumbfounded that we have actually survived! While motorcycle rider training and share the road programs should continue in order to prevent the crash in the first place, proper care and treatment after the fact must be addressed in order to reduce the 10.5% of serious injuries and fatalities motorcyclists suffer. The most likely person to be at the scene of a motorcycle crash is another motorcyclist. Treatment can start right away if we are trained in proper care. In the event that another trained motorcyclist is not there, we want to know that advice given by the 911 dispatcher is correct. When professionals arrive we want to rest assured that they can provide proper care as well.
The American Heart Association recently came out with the recommendation that Chest Compressions only with minimal interruptions has increased survival rates in victims of witnessed cardiac arrest. This has sparked much media attention. For years, CPR was thought to be the cure all for anyone who collapsed for any reason and was not thought to be breathing. There was no clear distinction between trauma and heart attack/cardiac arrest other than an occasional mention of using jaw thrust for someone who might have a neck injury. In the past few years, the American Heart Association has obviously moved away from trauma and is concentrating more on their actual purpose (survival rates of cardiac arrest) vs. survival rates of Trauma. The problem with this is that the general public and even medical professionals have not made the separation.
Both Head Tilt Chin Lift and pumping on the chest are the wrong things to do in a trauma unless Jaw Thrust and Bleeding control measures have not been effective. A Motorcyclist who has crashed so significantly that they are no longer breathing should be highly suspected to be a person with High cervical spine neck injury. Jaw Thrust Rescue Breathing keeps the neck straight while lifting the tongue off the back of the throat which is the most likely reason that they are not breathing. Once breathing has been established, circulation should be considered. In trauma, the most likely reasons for loss of circulation is bleeding, not pump failure like in cardiac arrest. Imagine that you have someone who is bleeding and you now start pumping on the chest. You will just help them bleed out faster!
So what can we do? It's time to take control of our own fate. Helmet removal training is not enough, CPR is not enough, even First Aid is not enough.
1.) Bystander Assistance Trauma training by motorcyclists is the BEST way to start proper care immediately. See www.accidentscene.org to find classes or get more information.
2.) We need to get the attention of the EMS and insist that they give proper advice as well as being certain that they are properly trained in motorcycle specific care from First Responder level to Paramedic. Write to your legislator asking them to contact the US DOT to request that they work with Accident Scene Management, Inc. (ASMI) to develop a module on motorcycle trauma as part of Basic EMT training (currently they only mention helmet removal but even that is not required).
3.) Get this word out. Reprint this article in your newsletters.
4.) Help get ASMI training in all states and available to all bikers. Encourage Motorcycle groups and organizations to make a donation to ASMI who is leading the way in this topic. ASMI is in 26 states but our goal is to be in every state some day. Because we are so motorcycle specific we are not eligible for most grants. We depend on motorcyclists to help us achieve our goals.
Questions? Contact ASMI. email@example.com or 877-411-8551
Accident Scene Management
|Calling All Leaders
Do you lead or follow? If you lead, we want you. Our Rescue Rider local and regional leaders are truly where the rubber meets the road in delivering the Rescue Rider program. The Rescue Rider program helps connect our volunteers to support area events where there is a higher probability that volunteer medical assistance could be needed. The critical component of making this connection is having a local presence that can coordinate these efforts. What does it take to be a leader with the Rescue Rider program? For starters, you will need some training. Our leaders need to have completed either an Accident Scene Management basic course or be currently certified in First Aid & CPR. Help us help each other. You know you want to so what are you waiting for? Check out some of our leaders at the link below.
Rescue Riders Across The Country
|Lets Talk About It
Do you have any questions about our program? We have answers. Would you like to reach out to other Rescue Riders near you? You can.
As our program continues to expand nationally, it's important to keep you informed with issues that face our Rescue Riders. In addition, your input to our program is critical to our continued success. I hope you will visit our chat boards and let us know what you think
Please visit our chat boards and shout out to other Rescue Riders.
Using the Chat boards is free and quite honestly the most effective way to ask questions, get answers and stay informed.
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