Sounds like a group of super heroes. Well, in a way we are...
Several years ago I was on a motorcycle tour of Tuscany when one of the riders in our group crashed. I was right behind him, and was first on the scene. He was pinned under a guardrail. He was not moving or breathing, and his eyes were closed.
I wanted to help, I was ready to help, but I had no idea what to do. I had heard that you should never remove the helmet. I did not even know where to begin, I felt helpless and horrible. Luckily, experienced help came soon, and he was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a punctured lung, broken ribs and a fractured hip. Youch!!
I swore I would never feel that helpless again, and was determined to take a first aid class as soon as I returned to the United States. I had heard about a course for motorcycle specific accidents and injuries called Accident Scene Management.
Accident Scene Management (ASMI) was developed by a husband and wife team in Wisconsin.
They believe 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.
I took both the beginner course as soon as I returned from my trip. I felt that the information was so important, I wanted everyone I rode with to have that knowledge too. So I had my sister (who is a Paramedic and a motorcyclist) take the instructor certification course. I began offering this ASMI course at my motorcycle school.
So again, what is a Rescue Rider and what does it have to do with ASMI?
I don't remember how I first heard about this organization, but once I did, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. All Rescue Riders are trained by ASMI. Many have gone on to seek more advanced medical training on their own. For example, my co-worker, friend, and blog contributor Jonny Volk. He is very dedicated to the organization, and went on to get his EMT-B certification. Needless to say, I feel very comfortable when he is riding with me. After taking my advanced ASMI course I qualified to be a Rescue Rider.
Basically a Rescue Rider volunteers to ride in a certain event, typically a motorcycle event like a parade or a rally. These trained individuals act as first responders while medical professionals are en route. Sort of like a Good Samaritan, but a trained Good Samaritan. I think it is a wonderful concept and am happy to be part of an organization like this. I have yet to work an event with the group, but I look forward to my first one.
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