Life Over Limb - Tourniquets
ASM Student Bob Slone from Ohio sent this story and a question related to tourniquets. ASM Founder and Author of “A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist” , Vicki Sanfelipo, RN/EMT answers:
I heard a story yesterday that I thought would be of interest to you. A young lady who does scheduling and paperwork at a new dentist I am seeing shared about an accident she had last July. She was driving her car when her car broke down. She pulled well off the road and as she stepped out of the driver side door, she was struck by another driver who was driving under the of influence of alcohol. The impact took one of her legs off at the knee. Some guys in a pickup truck stopped to help and immediately went back to their truck to got a zip tie that they used as a tourniquet. They may have put something under it first, I don't know. Anyway, the ambulance didn't get there for 15 minutes!!! She credits the guys who stopped to help with saving her life. The surgeons cut off the stump a couple inches above the knee and she now has a prosthetic leg. She stated that it didn't hurt until they got her into the ambulance.
I just got some extra heavy duty zip ties (they are wider than normal at Home Depot) to put in all my vehicles and my motorcycle trauma kit. You can get them 24", 36" and 48" long. They don't take up much room and could be used for other emergency purposes as well. They would certainly be faster to install then using a belt and stick. One could roll one of those cloth triangular bandages to put under the zip tie to keep the zip tie from cutting the flesh.Continue reading.
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Spring Tune-up, Times Three
Written by Tony “Pan” Sanfelipo, senior investigator at Hupy and Abraham, S.C.
With spring just around the corner, we start to think about getting our bikes ready to ride. That means a possible tune-up might be in order. It’s good to start out with fresh spark plugs, fresh gas, an oil change, and a clean air filter. But don’t stop there; check your tires for wear and proper inflation. Lubricate all your cables and check electrical wires for breaks or cuts. Make sure your brake pads are good and your master cylinders are full of the proper grade of DOT brake fluid. Finish off your checklist by trying all your lights and turn signals, and of course, your horn. If you’d like an even more comprehensive list to work off of, here is the widely recognized TCLOCK check list: http://www.ridebellchain.com/tclocks.html
Getting your bike back in shape after a long winter’s rest is a good idea, but you should also consider getting yourself tuned up as well. Are you properly endorsed and licensed to ride a motorcycle? Proper training can greatly improve your chances of avoiding a collision or losing control of your motorcycle. Even if you’ve been riding for years, it’s a good idea to take a rider course at a technical college or private facility as a refresher or take an Advanced rider class. Continue Reading.
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