Bike First Aid
ICE - some questions
Yesterday, riding on my own between Stanford and Betty’s Bay at dusk, I was painfully aware of how vulnerable we bikers are.
If I had crashed after being blinded by a car passing in the opposite direction, how would anyone trying to help me know who I am assuming I could not tell them?
The only form of ID I carry is my cell phone. It is very well wrapped up and tucked away (having trashed my last one when I fell in the river at Wuppertal) and it only has my ICE numbers in it. What if it doesn’t work for whatever reason if someone eventually does find it?
I’ve seen fellow club members with various forms of ID stuck onto their helmet, neck brace or somewhere on their bike, but where do people who know what to do at an accident scene look first? And what form should it be – written on paper, identity band or what? What information do they want to see and what is too much? Where should you keep it – in full view on your jacket or helmet, around your wrist, or where else?
Most para medics, as you would know, will look for dog tags around the neck or on a braclet.
"Medic Alert" sells either when you join. Info on the tag is generally any allergies (eg penicillin) and or other medical info and whether you are a member of a Medical Aid scheme. They have "Medic Alerts" 24 hour phone number on the tag. Callers will be given further medical info and your family will be contacted.
"Think Bike" offers a similar product on joining. TB tags have the telehpone numbers and names you nominate to be contacted in an emerency.
Thanks guys and girls, it's good to know that there are qualified people with us to take care of us when we're out on the roads.
Be safe out there
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