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Instructors often ask questions that come up as a result of teaching or from questions they are asked. Some of the questions and answers that I believe would benefit everyone are in the following pages for all to read. If you have a question – ASK VICKI. If I don’t have the answer I’ll do my best to find out what the answer is and get it to you all.

Topic: Anne Doll Maintenance

Question: We borrowed some for a while back from the UA and they stunk up the car and even today we have not been able to get that stink out. So, I wanted to know what we can do with our new Anne before she get’s stinky. Vodka? Aquavit?

Answer:   Every once in a while Anne needs a bath. Take her apart and wash all parts with warm soapy water (I use dawn dish soap), then follow with clear water for a rinse. The lung should be replaced frequently (if you have a small class you can use for a second class). You can purchase lungs from me for $2.50 each or a pack of 24 for $50.00. If you notice Anne getting “ring around the neck”, use straight Dawn and an abrasive pad. Rub gently to remove the brown crud.   You did not ask about faces but I will give you the cleaning instructions as recommended by the Little Anne manufacturer. Soak the faces for 20 minutes in a tub of dilute beach solution and air dry. You should use 1 cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Protect your clothing with a smock of some kind, safety glasses and exam gloves.   One more tip: Occasionally Anne will develop a burr and the jaw doesn’t slide as nice when doing your jaw thrust. Use an emory board (fingernail file) to smooth the jaw then apply furniture polish!

Topic: Blocking Traffic

Question: I had a couple of questions pop up from last class I wasn’t sure about how you would answer: “If we are blocking, or diverting, traffic due to an accident, and in turn, another accident occurs, are we liable for that second accident?”

Answer: (from Tony) Part of it could depend on your Good Samaritan Law in your state.  In an accident situation, acting as a good Samaritan, you are acting as an emergency rescuer, even when doing traffic control. You should use common sense, and consider moving the vehicles and injured if it presents a further safety hazard leaving them where they are. As a citizen directing traffic, you are bound by local laws. Citizens cannot direct traffic lawfully under most circumstances, but in an emergency situation, most states will recognize the need for intervention to prevent further injury or accidents. Immediately give control of the intersection up to police when they arrive unless they request your assistance. Certainly check local laws and consult with an attorney in your state to research this further. In the event of an additional accident, liability will be on the person who caused the crash. Did you direct properly, or was the car driver inattentive or refusing to obey your directions?  The whole matter would be looked at, so to protect yourself the best, traffic controllers should be wearing reflective or highly visible clothing and should be placed in an area of the roadway that makes them visible and apparent to oncoming traffic.

Topic: Handwashing

Question: “How long should I wash my hands after exposure at an accident?” (I told them about the fact that I have to do 5 minute hand scrub before coming to work, and another person stated she had heard that ‘if you sing happy birthday to your self twice while washing, that this would be sufficient’).  Just curious about what you tell people.

Answer: You do not need to scrub more than any other exposure just because it was a crash exposure. You are supposed to wash you hands for 15-30 seconds with soap and water and 15-30 seconds with a waterless alcohol rub. If there is “gross soiling” of the hands, soap and water is preferred. Let Them know that the larger issue (if they have some kind of handwash) will actually be the fact that their clothing is likely to be contaminated. That should be washed in hot water separate from other clothing. If possible, bleach should be used.


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