First Aid Perfectly Formed

The most recent First Aid For Riders full day course – delivered by St John Ambulance (NI) in Northern Ireland saw a perfectly formed class of riders.

Although the attendance was low in numbers, the riders from the Goldwing Owners Club of Ireland (GWOCI) North West Region and one individual rider, received the usual high standard and ease of teaching from St Johns Ambulance trainer Alan Irwin.

From introductions, scene management, First Aid (injuries, airways, CPR) through to motorcycle specifically related helmet removal, head and neck (c-spine) injuries, each course held has thrown up some issues in treating casualties.

The latest course being no different, related to the difficulty around helmet removal, from releasing the strap with different fastenings.

Although perhaps not necessary to remove the flip up type, discussion around the various designs and getting these types to flip up highlighted that it can prove to be difficult.

If you ride in an organised group or club runs it may be worthwhile making yourself familiar with the different fastenings and flip up designs.

The courses are designed to provide knowledge for riders to assess and manage an initial road traffic collision scene, to support comfort/reassure conscious casualties. They help to give first aiders confidence to stay calm at a road traffic collision until the rescue services arrive and to get riders interacting and equally important, to enjoy the course.

Eamonn Toner, Chief Marshal, Goldwing Owners Club of Ireland who organised the club to attend gave First Aid For Riders some feedback:

“I found the course setting in St John Ambulance HQ (Erne) to be well appointed and the general facilities outstanding.

The museum displaying the history of St John Ambulance added to the integrity of the course.

Alan’s depth of knowledge and delivery skills, were superb. He had the ability not only to instruct methodically but also to put the class at ease with his easy approach and amusing wit. The course content was well thought out and moved easily between sections putting all the pieces of the First Aid jigsaw neatly together.

The training relating to the removal of motorcycle helmet highlighted the inherent difficulties and dangers but also showed that with proper training the helmet can be removed safely. I will certainly recommend First Aid for Riders to all my motorbike friends and club members.

This course is a must for all bikers and will help reduce serious injuries and will save lives.”

For more information on First Aid For Riders – www.firstaidforriders.org

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