Taking The Accident Scene Management Class.
Learn The Basics
The basic class taught things like stabilizing the victim, controlling traffic, securing the scene, information needed for a 911 call, basic first aid, techniques for rolling a victim, leadership, and how to find and determine the extent of injuries. It was fascinating and I had never really considered all of the necessary steps that need to be taken at an accident scene.
The Advanced Class
The advanced Accident Scene Management class the next day focused on details taught in the basic class. There was a lot more hands-on where we practiced stabilizing a riders head while rolling him, getting them on a stretcher, when to remove a helmet and how to remove it if you have to, applying a tourniquet, applying pressure to arteries to stop bleeding, and more.
At the end of the second day, the instructor surprised us with a mock accident outside. Our team had to take control of the situation properly until EMS arrived. They had a vehicle that had hit a motorcycle. The driver was trying to get back into his car to drive away. The motorcycle was on top of the rider. The bike passenger had been thrown and injured quite a ways away from the scene. We had to begin making immediate decisions on what to do. The 2 days were quite intense but we had a lot of fun learning with the others from our chapter.
Motorcycle Accidents Are Not Like Other Vehicle Accidents
There was a lot of learning involved and I am glad to have taken both classes. There are some real differences when treating someone injured in a motorcycle accident and someone in an automobile accident. The possibilities of a serious head or spinal injury are much higher with a motorcycle accident and every decision and move could cause a life altering effect.
What To Have On Your Motorcycle
We also learned about the importance of a good Motorcycle Operator First Aid Kit by Rescue Essentials and other safety devices that we should have in our saddlebags such as Light Sticks, Emergency Road Flares and a proper safety gear.