Originally Posted by yechave
After having two of our riders go down a few weeks back, I decided I am not prepared very well for medical emergencies. I think I may have been just a tad too trusting in all the safety gear and given less thought to "what if" that is not enough.
Usually carry a medical ID/DNR, medical history, water, peroxide, compress, band aids, Epi Pen and an excellent flashlight with emergency strobe, with the LT.
Curious if EMT's/medical staff actually follow the directions with a DNR, on the spot?
I do have a basic but rather large first aid kit, but with such limited space, would like some input from others carry or have found necessary, after the fact.
I am looking to purchase at least a 5 pack of First Response Quikclot, and some EMT toothsaver. If anyone could provide a link, it would be appreciated.
I got the tooth saver here for the best price: http://www.ithacasports.com/emttoothsaver.html
and I get the Quikclot here: http://www.medekit.com/controller/Ca...stResponse.htm
Note on the quickclot, it doesn't handle heat real well, so if your bike is dark colored and you are carrying these in the saddle bags they are not going to do well.
You are also going to want to have a lot of clings and gauze bandages on board and down here in the south it is alway advisable to have a thermal blanket. We refuse to go down when we get hit here, because you instantly become stir fry on the pavement. You will see a rider float on air till he gets over grass before he lightly touches down and waits for the amublance.
Actually the heat from the pavement is a serious thing so anything you can do to protect a downed rider from it is great, but use caution moving the victim. Having a couple of paint stir sticks and triangular bandages is good for stabelizing broken limbs.
You mention your first aid kit, which is great to have on board, but more important is to know what is in it and how to use it, because in a stressful situation (having a buddy down falls into that catagory) you are not going to want to have to hunt for something to do this or that. You want to know where everything is, what it does, and how to use it quickly.
As to the DNR, odds are the Paramedics or EMT's are not going to know about it and are going to bust their butts to save the person. Medical staff sometimes are not even aware.