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Helmet removal update for ambulance

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Ambos arrive at a crash scene

A manual for ambulance officers on safe motorcycle helmet removal from a crashed rider is being rewritten to accommodate latest technologies.

Unfortunately, it has not yet been approved or adopted at a national level, but it is being promoted across Australia, New Zealand and PNG by the Council of Ambulance Authorities.

The concern about removing a helmet from a crashed rider is that it could promote a spinal injury. A helmet should only be removed from a rider if they are having trouble breathing.

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FAFM helmet sticker

There are also several different methods for removing a helmet depending on the type of helmet and condition of the rider.

The move to rewrite the helmet removal manual is the work largely of former Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Christopher “CJ” Burns.

He says most NSW ambulance stations have been contacted about updates on the procedure, a presentation will be made to ambulance educators at an upcoming conference and the information will be written into the NSW CRASH Card.

The free CRASH Card provides emergency service personnel with the rider/pillion’s personal information saving valuable time and assisting with treatment, especially if the rider is either unconscious or unable to communicate.

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CRASH Card. (Medical information on the other side.)

A red sticker is placed on the outside of the element to advise ambos about the card inside.

Chris says CRASH Card reminder stickers for NSW Ambulances will soon be provided.

However, there is come concern that the CRASH Card may deter emergency services from removing a helmet.

Another medical information system is the I.C.Emergency USB stick which you can keep in your jacket pocket, attached to your keyring or placed around your neck with a lanyard.

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  1. Mark, at the last Motorcycle Implementation Working Group meeting held in Sydney, the use of Crash Card was not endorsed by the group. Its use was opposed by HWP.

    1. I did not oppose this ! Please remove ! Ch INSP Phil Brooks 0428686706. I will raise this post @ next meeting !

  2. An update to the neck brace fitting protocol needs to be done also.
    After being rear ended I was standing and walking around but very sore suffering soft tissue spinal injuries.
    The very nice ambos came and when they had to fit the collar they said I had to lie down first as it was the protocol, I tell you I felt like finding the idiot who came up with that protocol and stake over an ants nest .
    Fortunately I didn’t have any injuries that were adversely affected but even basic logic tells you if someone is upright you fit the collar before laying them down, had my neck been fractured or dislocated I’d be a quadriplegic now .

  3. I would encourage all motorcyclists to undertake the First Aid For Motorcyclist course, very comprehensive, you are shown how & when you should remove a helmet. I strongly recommend that you do this for your & your fellow motorcyclist mates sake.

  4. Two good paramedic friends that run Moto Medics here in SE Qld suggested otherwise.

  5. Crash Card has been endorsed by the Motorcycle Implementation Working Group and it’s members last year. CRS have in fact taken on board comments for improvement with the Crash Card and reprinted it in a smaller format so it can be posted in a normal size envelope.
    C.I. Brooks has always been an ardent supporter of Crash Card and has promoted it to the best of his ability.

  6. Hi, as a motor cycle rider here in New Zealand and a person interested in the best outcomes for a motor cyclist at any time I am very interested in the workings of the Crash Card. I am on our local A.A council and involved with our local road safety group which involves all emergency services as well. I would like to gain more information to take to our meetings as I think this would be of great benefit to all riders over here.
    I have not heard of any mention of the protocol that is being used in Australia being used here.
    I would appreciate any information that can be put forward.
    Thank you.
    Graeme Newton

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