The Department of Health and Social Care is backing a new initiative for bikers, launched in time for the annual TT Races, which will help motorcyclists involved in an accident to get the aid they need as quickly as possible.
The Crash Card is a scheme in which motorcyclists place a card inside their crash helmet that will provide vital information for attending ambulance crews if the injured motorcyclist is either unconscious or unable to communicate. This scheme, which has been in use for over a year in Essex and was recently launched in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, was created by the committee of the Ambulance Motorcycle Club, and was launched in the Isle of Man on Thursday 27 May, prior to the TT Races 2010.
Chief Ambulance Officer Steve Sieling commented that,
'Sometimes getting vital life saving information is delayed due to either the level of consciousness of the injured riders or sometimes language barriers. This card can definitely be a life saver in providing immediate information on current medical conditions and medications being taken by the rider, in addition the card will also provide important contact details so that further information could be gained from friends and relatives. It’s a simple idea and as we often say it’s the simple ideas that are usually the best.'
Carriers of the Crash Card will affix a small sign on their crash helmet to indicate that they are carrying a card. On one side the card will have the person’s name, post code, date of birth and give a brief medical history, including current medications being taken. On the other side the card will act as an aide mémoire for Crash Card carriers on the basic information the Ambulance Service would need if they are involved in an accident.
The Crash Cards are available from Ambulance Headquarters (Noble’s Hospital, Braddan) Motorcycle outlets, the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal, Police Headquarters and also ambulance staff will be distributing them throughout the Island during the TT fortnight and beyond. If for any reason you cannot obtain one, please telephone +44 1624 642582, leave a message and the Ambulance Service will respond.
On the day, Conor Cummins, showed up to provide support for this brilliant scheme, Conor commented,
'I think this is a brilliant initiative and will help the Ambulance crew know instantly whether the person injured has any underlying medical conditions. I personally think it’s an amazing and every motorcyclist should have one of these cards, as I feel they are essential.'