Accident Scene Management (ASM), was established in 1996, to reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists through first response education. Since its humble beginnings, ASM has become the largest motorcycle trauma training organization in the world! We teach both bystanders and professional rescuers what to do when a motorcycle crash occurs to improve outcomes.
The purpose of ASM is to reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists through pre-hospital first response education.
The program is directed toward specific issues related to motorcycle-related crashes, including the assessment and treatment of the injured as well as how to safely administer care. We 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 look for life threats and gather information for your 911 call)
C – Contact the EMS (Do not delay! Call 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 the jaw to keep the neck straight if you do not believe the person is breathing on their own). This is called Jaw thrust.
B – Breathing (if the person is not breathing on their own keep the jaw lifted and while using a breathing barrier, give two breaths initially then one every 6 seconds).
C – Circulation (in trauma, a loss of circulation comes from bleeding. Look for and treat obvious external bleeding using Direct Pressure or a Tourniquet (arms and legs 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 Stabilization (Less movement is better! Keep the person as still as possible until emergency workers arrive and take over for you)
Gathering & Preserving Evidence at the Scene
|Log Rolling and moving Techniques Demonstrated|
Bob Michaels, the owner of Milwaukee Harley Davidson, learns how to place his hands on a person’s head while a full-face helmet is being removed.
Vicki, author of A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist, explains the importance of spinal precautions in any Motorcycle crash.
|Vicki demonstrates the jaw thrust maneuver to protect the spine while opening the airway.||
Full-face helmet removal is demonstrated and practiced by the class.
Vicki Roberts-Sanfelipo, RN/EMT – ASM ExecutiveDirector
Though this report is old it is still pertinent! Our vision and goals have become a reality. In 2023 we have now trained over 40,000 students! -We have Instructors in 32 states and 4 countries.
The first two years of the Bystander Assistance Program, “A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist” has been a growing and rewarding experience. With limited funding, and a desire to teach, a small group of dedicated and ambitious people set out to instruct a few bikers what to do in the event a crash would occur. After teaching 867 people (55 out of state) in two years we learned as much as we taught! The participants came hungry for knowledge and the stories we heard back of situations where the information was able to be used in a constructive manner was all the reward we needed to keep going.
One of the extraordinary things about this program that makes it such a GREAT idea was observed by one of the participants when they commented, “I’ve never seen such a co-operative effort by government-insurance-legal & medical factions”. Indeed it has been that. With the assistance of the Wisconsin Health and Hospital Association (grant and hospital directory), local hospitals who host the programs, the Wisconsin State Medical Society (grant assistance), the Wisconsin DOT – Don Hagen (grant assistance), DOT-NHTSA (grant assistance), Michael F. Hupy & Associates (grants, provides an attorney at each class, accident investigator, promotion, emotional support, and dinner now and then), and insurance companies who are beginning to recognize the class as a motorcycle safety-related class and are giving participants 10% off their insurance.
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 its 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.
Vision Statement – It is my desire to see Bystander care become something everyone knows. 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). Each state should have it’s own program. Motorcycle Trauma classes should be offered and run in a way similar to the MSF program. The popularity is obvious and the outcome would pay for itself immediately with reduced injuries and fatalities.
10 years later. So much has happened! As a 501(c)3 organization ASM has now trained over 15,000 students. We have over 120 instructors in 26 states that teach our program! We have 4 instructor trainers with plans to add a 5th trainer in 2010. The MSF has provided support through their NAMS grant program and Hupy & Abraham Law Firm has continued to support us by paying for thousands of students to be trained! Rescue Riders have solicited funds through Allstate that help get their bikers properly trained while the Women In Motion Road guards have kept our doors open operationally through their annual fundraiser. The most important thing that has happened is that we are making a difference in Biker’s Lives. We receive stories constantly about students who have used the information they learned to help someone. We are accredited through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, we have an office with a full time staff member and we are member “stakeholders” in Washington D.C. at the Motorcycle Safety Network Meetings with NTHSA.
Vision Statement – ASM’s goal is to be in every state someday. We want ASM training to be available to all who seek it. We believe that our response (as a society) to motorcycle trauma can be better and as a result, we have established a “Best Practice” for surviving a motorcycle trauma that will require improvements and training for Rider Coaches, Bikers, Emergency Dispatch, and EMTs. We are launching a social networking program in 2010 called “Road Guardians” to encourage proper training and are hosting the first National Motorcycle Safety Summit in Chicago. We have come a long way in 10 years and in the next 10 years expect to continue to experience the growth that has doubled our efforts each year.
Another 10 years has passed! As with the previous decades ASM has seen tremendous growth. The Road Guardians Program was launched in 2010 and has been a major success. We have hundreds of members who have validated there is a group of safety-minded individuals, and even some who have gone above and beyond to become Certified Road Guardian Members that have established themselves as “lifelong learners”. Every dollar that is raised from the Road Guardians program directly supports ASM. Road Guardians are rewarded with a members-only discount program offering discounts on hundreds of retailers, travel, prescriptions and more. Road Guardian Members are also given access to a private members-only Facebook group that connects RG members via social media.
We have grown with technology, and in order to reach students who would otherwise be unable to attend a class in person we have created an online version of our Basic class, with plans to add Advanced in the near future. We have used the online version to provide information to those in areas where there are no Instructors, easily maintain certification for those who have taken a class with ASM in the past, and also to provide “blended learning” classes for those with busy lives. With blended learning classes students can do the online classroom learning at their own pace, then attend a half-day in-person class with an instructor to learn the hands-on skills and gain full certification (just like a full-day class). This not only has also helped us break down the distance and time barriers that have made it hard to provide training to everyone that wanted to learn in the past, it has made it easier to take on and train new instructors as well! We now have 21 instructor trainers located all over the U.S., and it is easier than ever to become an instructor. To date, Accident Scene Management has trained over 35,000 students through the expertise of over 100 instructors in 32 states across the USA. We are the largest Motorcycle Trauma Training organization in the world, leading the way with Instructors in South Africa, Singapore, the Philippines & Thailand (Asia).
Hupy & Abraham Law firm has continued to support ASM from day one and has played an instrumental role in ASM’s growth over the past decades. As ASM has grown, we have also partnered with a national team of lawyers that specialize in motorcycle injury cases – N.A.M.I.L. (the National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers) NAMIL is an organization whose members not only focus on Motorcycle Injury law, but also are interested in how to better serve biker communities and willing to invest in motorcycle safety. One way they have found to do so is by sponsoring ASM classes, and reducing the cost of the class to groups all over the U.S. NAMIL partners started sponsoring classes in late 2019 and to date already have 20 sponsored classes on the books (which will equate to 400 students trained), and intend to sponsor many more!
ASM continues to make a difference in many biker’s lives, and as of 2020, ASM’s Founder- Vicki Sanfelipo will be inducted into the Sturgis Hall of Fame for her lifelong dedication to serving fellow motorcyclists.
Vision Statement- In the next 10 years we aspire to add the Advanced class online, have an instructor in every state, build a resource page that will connect groups and students with potential sponsorships for their classes and legal resources, teach over 100,000 motorcyclists in lifetime total and continue to save lives through education!
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