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ASM Training Helps Crash Victim

Not every crash that happens is life-threatening. Regardless, the situation could have been worse if trained bystanders were not present to help. This story was sent in by Bill & Vicky Barr from Missouri

Janey's Ride

After this happy picture was taken of participants in the 20th Janey’s Ride in Liberty, MO, a motorcycle crash happened.  Fortunately, Bill and Vicky Barr, former ASM Instructors, were immediately at the scene to administer first aid.

“After coming upon the accident, we were able to apply P.A.C.T. (Prevent further injuries, Assess the situation, Contact EMS, and Treat the injured)

P- We prevented more injuries by requesting other bikers to go up beyond a dangerous curve to direct traffic. We asked other bikers who were hanging around to continue on to the next rest stop to have less congestion at the scene.

A- We quickly assessed the situation and realized that the husband wasn’t injured, but his wife, who was a passenger, received mostly visible road rash and possible wrist and arm fractures.

C- While one bystander kept yelling that we needed to contact EMS, we assured everyone that there were no life-threatening injuries and did not have to call EMS.

T- We treated the injured passenger by cleaning the wounds, applying the dressing, wrapping her arm, and encouraging the victim to get her hand and arm checked for possible fractures.

Ironically, this was going to be the first year that we would not be able to ride as trained rescuers since we had other plans for the weekend.  There is usually a medic who participates in the ride but does not carry a trauma kit.  We decided that since we will be moving away from the Kansas City area in October, we would change our plans and participate as sweep medics for one last time. Fortunately, we made an important decision because we were needed since the other medic, who usually rode with the group, did not attend this year.

When the fundraiser ride ended, we immediately met with Janey’s Ride Senior Road Captain and the founder of Eddie’s Posse (who usually raises $20,000 for the cause). We encouraged both groups to have some road captains trained and equipped in rescues.

We explained the importance of training many of their road captains for this fundraiser and opened the training to anyone who might be interested in knowing what to do. We know that the more people who get trained, the better off everyone will be.

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