February 2011

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In this issue:

1. RG Renewals Due

2. ASMI Online Basic and Advanced Refreshers

3. ASMI Classes Updated

4. IMS Discounts

5. BBC 2011!

6. A word from the Director: Vicki Sanfelipo

7. The Educated Biker: I See Green!: by Trauma Mama

8. Featured Member: Bill Johnston

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VickiA Word from the Director
Vicki Sanfelipo

I am in Maryland at this time, returning home after having the privilege of presenting ASMI’s ABCSS of Trauma to 250 Motorcycle Rider Instructors. We are all interested in reducing Injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists. Their main focus is teaching riders to ride, brake, corner and more so that they don’t have to learn the hard way and in hopes that the new riders will not crash and get hurt. I was introducing two new concepts to them:
• CPR & First Aid are not enough education to handle a motorcycle crash
• We must not only do everything we can to avoid the crash from happening but we must also have a plan for how to respond if something does go wrong.

It was fun to watch these educators as we discussed the old myths: You never remove a helmet and you never move a crash victim. Some listened with skepticism since this went against what they had been taught and everything they have been saying to students for years. Most welcomed the information knowing that every time they said never remove a helmet or never move anyone they had a twinge of discomfort. Tucked way back in their brains they were thinking, “But what if they aren’t breathing and the helmet interferes with access to the face?” and “What if they are laying in a position that might hurt them worse or get them killed?” Sometimes people hold on to old ideas because it is comforting and they don’t want to admit that what thy have been saying for years might not be correct. A quote that I love is: “It’s not what you know that is in error, it’s what you think you know that just ain’t so”.

Our impatient society breeds people who want us to tell them in 20 words or less how they should respond to a motorcycle crash scene but it’s not that easy. There’s more to it than that. The topic requires hours to teach properly and to prepare someone to react properly they must have an opportunity to practice hands on critical skills. If you have not taken an ASMI class yet, go to www.accidentscene.org/schedule.htm and look for a class. Don’t see one? Consider going to www.accidentscene.org/instructors.htm to connect to an instructor. Still no luck? Contact ASMI. Get those around you trained – it might be YOU who needs their help.

As a final note I want to remind you of our annual safety conference that addresses all six areas of motorcycle safety with national experts speaking about rider education, impaired riding, motorist awareness, protective apparel, Govt./Laws, and of course First Response. See below for more information. Life-Long Learners are never satisfied with their current level of knowledge. Join us for a fun weekend of preparation for the 2011 riding season.


Biker's Betterment Conference

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Biker’s Betterment Conference Provides Two Days of Expert Content on Motorcycle Safety

Milwaukee, WI – February 17, 2011 Accident Scene Management Inc. (ASMI), a national provider of training for motorcycle safety related classes, today announced they will be holding their 2nd annual Biker’s Betterment Conference (BBC) March 25-26, 2011 in Chicago, IL at the Doubletree Hotel & Convention Center O’Hare. .

The conference is being hosted by ASMI’s Road Guardian Program and includes nationally known speakers addressing each of six educational categories derived from the National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety: Rider Education, First Response, Motorist Awareness, Impaired Riding, Apparel, Laws/Govt.

The conference includes Mass CPR training on Friday afternoon followed by a Friday evening cocktail reception with the opportunity to network with National Leaders in motorcycle safety for those attending the full conference. Daily passes are also available. On Saturday, attendees will also have the opportunity to experience skills demonstrations coordinated by Bob Ritter, coordinator of Northern Illinois Motorcycle Safety Project and a motorcycle crash simulation coordinated by NFP Rescue Riders. An awards banquet emceed by Open Road Radio and Gina Woods will complete our conference Saturday evening. The educational sessions feature leading industry experts including:

- Keynote Speaker: Al Hydeman Director of Research Design & Development for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation – Al will share why motorcycling is not a passive sport. He will enlighten us with ways the MSF encourages Education and supports the mission of ASMI/Road Guardians through Life Long Learning!
- Andy Goldfine, Design Manager of Aero Design & Manufacturing “Protective Apparel Design”
- Michael Aguilar: “Impaired and Distracted Driving – Prevention Campaigns that work.” -
- Teresa “Trauma Mama” McClelland, RN, TNS – “Prevent Further Injury”
- Paul W. Cote, New England Road Riding Delegate to AMA Congress – “Check Twice”
- Jayson White: MSF Site Coordinator for the MSF Campus @ Troy, OH coordinating the SMARTrainer and Group Riding workshop.
- Tony “Pan” Sanfelipo, Founder of ABATE of Wisconsin and honorary member of Lawmakers – “Preserving Motorcycling – Sport vs Lifestyle”
- Attorney Randy Sevenish will coordinate a panel discussion re: insurance changes that affect you! experts will answer your questions.

Conference organizers have arranged for a special hotel room rate at the Chicago Doubletree Hotel & Convention Center of $89 per night per room. Additional conference information is available online at www.roadguardians.org/bbc.php or by calling toll free (877) 411-8551

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About Accident Scene Management Inc. – ASMI, headquartered in Big Bend, WI est. 1996, is a 501c3 non-profit organization supported by motorcyclist for motorcyclists, and founded by Vicki Sanfelipo, RN/EMT. The courses are recognized by the American Motorcyclist Assoc. (AMA), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). Many insurance companies offer discounts for course completion.

About Road Guardians - Road Guardians is a program aimed at reducing injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists by promoting safety on the road, and more! Road Guardians uses a program of Resources, Rewards and Recognition to encourage educated responsible riding. Roadguardians.org provides a one stop online resource for all motorcycle safety, legal and rider networking.

About Vicki Sanfelipo, RN/EMT – Vicki is the author of A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist, and established the non-profit organization Accident Scene Management, Inc. in 1996. Vicki has over 25 years of experience in the field of nursing from Critical Care to the Operating Room and is a licensed EMT. She teaches CPR, Defibrillators, and First Aid for the American Heart Association. She has been riding her own motorcycle since 1987. She supports her love of motorcycles and safety through her memberships in the Iron Butt Association, a life member of A.B.A.T.E., various HOG chapters, Motorcycle Riders Foundation, BOLT, Patriot Guard, St. Croix Valley Riders, and the American Motorcyclist Association. Vicki has given hundreds of presentations on motorcycle safety, and represents Motorcycle Trauma issues as a partner in the NHTSA (DOT) hosted motorcycle safety network meetings in Washington D.C.

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Trauma Mama The Educated Biker
by Trauma Mama

I See Green!

Spring is approaching! Many of us are anxious and excited to start riding after our long Midwest winter. It’s a great time to get prepared for the riding season! That well known cliché is haunting us. “If you don’t use it, you lose it” This is a great time to crack open your ASMI books and review the important information you learned in class. If it has been two years, take a refresher. Reviewing your P.A.C.T card is helpful.

Prevent: Prevent further Injury
Scene safety and personal protection (PPE) is first! Check your gloves to make sure they are in good shape and that you have a pair in your vest or jacket pocket. You may also want to check your CPR mask to make sure it is still inflated and pliable for use if needed. Get that reflective vest ready to make your scene visible. Change the batteries on flashlights and replace any glow sticks in your saddle bags. Road flares can potentiate a fire if fuel is spilled and are not a suggested means to making your scene visible.

Assess: Assess the situation
Remember mechanisms of injury give us clues to possible injuries the injured may have. Scanning the area of number of vehicles as well as number of victims is important. Move uninvolved vehicles out of the way. Move the injured, only if they need to be moved as well as making room for emergency vehicles to get thru is important.

Contact: Contacting EMS
If you have a GPS for your bike, learn the ins and out of operations. Especially the setting features to help locate where you are in an emergency situation.

Make sure your own medical history and information as well as your medication list is up to date as well as in a location for someone to find if you are in an accident and unresponsive.

Update any ICE (In case of Emergency) information on your cell phone with numbers of friends or family that are familiar with your medical history.
Helpful acronyms are AVPU and SAMPLE when assessing responsiveness of victims and getting information from them.

Treat: Treat life sustaining injuries
Keep in mind that cervical spine injuries are ALWAYS suspected in crashes and C=spine immobilization precautions should always be taken. Always leave the ears exposed because hearing is the last to go.

In trauma, airway and breathing still take priority!

Get the friends, loved ones and kids involved and practice those hands on skills of moving the injured, the recovery position, general bleeding management skills with pressure dressings and 2 person helmet removal.

Remember that when splinting any muscular skeletal injuries you want to support above and below the injury and always reassess circulation after splinting or dressing an injury.

I wish you safe riding and until next time…. Education is key in injury prevention! Never stop reading, learning and practicing!

Teresa “Trauma Mama” McClelland RN, TNS
ASMI Instructor Trainer
Rescue Riders Director of Training

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Featured Member
Bill Johnston

I had been a rider in my twenties and thirties, but it had been years since I had actively ridden. But circumstances fell together and I gave myself a Harley on March 9, 2007, a 61st birthday present. I had no idea what a life-changing decision that would be.

I purchased a dealership demo model that had been ridden by the service manager. It was in spectacular shape and liberally accessorized with as much chrome as you could wish. My first addition was heated handle bars and I was on my way. When I put it away for the winter this year (2010), I had put on over 30,000 miles.

Bill JohnstonI am mostly a solo rider, but I frequently have a rider with me, either my wife, or more often, my god son Tyler. He is now nine years old and has been riding with me since he was six, ever since his legs would reach the foot peg extensions. He listed riding with me as his favorite activity this year in one of those fun pieces they write up and put on their lockers. We’ve made a ritual of my taking him on the Harley to the first day of school each year and picking him up on the last day. He has his helmet, chaps and his vest, of course, plus his glasses, gloves and biker boots. He is too cool. I don’t know who has more fun, him or me.

It’s partly because of riding with such precious cargo that I became interested in the ASMI safety course. I know my knowledge might not be helpful if I myself go down with the bike, but I hope my example will inspire others to learn the skills taught in the course. Bikers look out for each other whether they are riding in a group or just making brief contact on the road. By understanding how to manage an accident scene any biker becomes more capable of providing a helping hand during a dangerous situation; a crash scene.

I’ve always been one of those folks who likes to help people. Our pastor talked about it one day, the “servant” personality. My wife knows where she can find me if somebody needs a hand or some help. So, taking the ASMI course was kind of a natural choice. I found it so interesting and informative, however, that by noon I called home and said I really wanted to attend the second session, on Sunday, as well. The course is fascinating and practical all at the same time.

The next year I became the Safety Officer for my local Harley chapter. We have many scheduled chapter rides throughout the season and several other members have now also taken the course. The more people who understand the correct activities that should take place at a motorcycle accident scene, the safer all of us will be.

I plan to continue with my training and become a Certified Road Guardian. At this point the only time I’ve used my skills was with a four or five year old “biker” just learning to ride without his training wheels. He took a digger in front of my house just as I was getting ready to leave for a ride and mom didn’t have any bandages with her. I flagged them and said, “ come here buddy, I’ve got some stuff here to fix that right up.” But it was interesting how comfortable she became as soon as I pulled out my bag, my blue gloves and all the supplies I needed. A few days later I received a hand drawn and colored thank you note from the “little rider” - I don’t need any more reward than that.

I often think, however, how more prepared I feel now that I have taken the ASM training. It isn’t that I feel like a more confident rider because of the training or even that I would necessarily save a life if I came across an accident scene. It’s hard to explain the feeling. Having taken both of the ASMI courses somehow helps me feel like I’ve been there before so if I do come across a situation, I won’t be second guessing myself and wondering if I’m doing the right thing. I’ll already have “experienced” it.

Regardless of the type of riding you do, if your a total Lone Ranger, can’t leave the garage without the gang, or spend your rides with your best bud like I do, the ASMI course will be of value to you. I had no idea when I purchased my Harley what a wonderful addition to my life it would be. I love the feeling of freedom and the energy I get from it. I”m glad I also now have the conviction that I can help others who love riding the open road as much as I do.

Looking forward to many more, “boys road trips on the Road Glide”.

Bill Johnston



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