The purpose of the Bystander Assistance Programs are to enhance the survival rate and reduce severity of injuries for the injured riders of all motorized vehicles. We expect to decrease the chance of rescuer injury due to inappropriate actions at the accident scene. We also expect to educate motorists how to protect themselves legally and financially should an accident occur.
Goals and Objectives
This course will provide the participant with a heightened awareness of:
Accessing the EMS
Mechanisms of Injury
Securing the Accident Scene
Assessment and Treatment Techniques
Injuries Associated With Motor Vehicle Trauma
Preservation of the Accident Scene
Adequate Insurance Needs and Terminology
ASM’s report to the Wisconsin D.O.T. in 1999
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.
Vision Statement – Excitement is growing nation wide 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 it’s 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. 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.
Accident Scene Management, Inc. Survey – December 1998 (98 Survey)
ASM – 2009
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 ahve 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 Roadguards 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 some day. 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.
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