What To Do After A Bike Crash

  1. Assure the safety of yourself and the group   
        Get off the roadway if possible
        You may need to drag injured off of road if it is too unsafe (blind corner, overpass)
        If not, alert oncoming traffic by any means
        Preventing another accident with traffic is very important
  2. Call 911 for any injured riders (unless injuries are obviously very minor)
        Greater speed of crash = more likelihood of injuries
        Call early, EMS can always be cancelled
        EMS has the training, experience and equipment to assess and treat the injured rider
        After EMS assessment, a rider has the final say as to treatment/transport decisions
        Remember that adrenalin can mask or hide the effects of an injury after a crash
  3. Remember that the Ride Leader must be notified and proper accident reporting completed.
  4. Typical injuries after a bike crash include:
    •     Cuts/abrasions are treated with clean water rinse, then bandaging
      •     Major bleeding is treated with very firm, direct pressure over the wound
      •     Use a shirt, sleeve, bandana in a pinch
      •     Facial injuries may bleed heavily
      •     Sutures are needed if cut is wide and will not heal on its own
    •     Broken bones appear as reddened, swollen, deformed areas
      •     Will likely have pain at the site, lose range of motion in affected extremity
      •     Treatment includes limiting movement, splinting and X-Rays
      •     The injured person will often "self" splint an upper extremity fracture    
      •     Riders with lower extremity fractures often cannot bear weight on injured leg
    •     Signs of a head injury: passing out, convulsions, confusion, dizziness
      •     Requires medical evaluation
      •     Treatment includes laying person flat, keeping them still/preventing movement until EMS takes over
      •     May also have spinal injury as well
    •     Signs of spinal injury: numbness, tingling, paralysis/weakness in an extremity/extremities
      •     Also may have pain in area of spine that was injured
      •     Treatment requires person to lay still until EMS takes over

    Vero Cycling, Inc - Vero Beach, Florida

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