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Department of Health Ambulance Service introduce a Crash Card Scheme on the Island 14 May 2010

The Department of Health is backing a new initiative for bikers, launched in time for the upcoming 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 will be launch in the Isle of Man on Thursday 27th May, prior to the TT Races.

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 involvedin an accident. Dawn Kneen, Ambulance Manager, said,

“We are delighted to be able to roll out the scheme here on the Island in partnership with the East of England Ambulance Service where this scheme has already been successful. It is obviously timely as we will be rolling out this scheme on the lead up to this years’ TT, after which we will continue distributing the Crash Cards throughout the year.”

The Island’s Ambulance Service will be visiting motorcycle events and gatherings around the Island to distribute the information and Crash Cards and if anyone wishes to assist with the distribution they should contact Ambulance Headquarters on 642582 and leave a message on how they can be contacted.

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