“What Would You Do?” Wednesday-Mountain Biking Accident

It’s that time of the week again, where I post a scenario and you tell me what you’d do.  Last week we watched a video of a climbing rescue in Banff National Park.  We discussed caring for a patient who fell 60 feet, sustaining head and lower leg injuries.

Today’s video comes to us from the UK, and as an added bonus we get to see the accident actually happen.

The video is a bit long, but you get to see the entire progression of the event from actual incident to EMS arriving on scene.  The basic scenario is a 45-ish year old male goes over the handlebars of his mountain bike, strikes the ground, and is unconscious.  It looks like he’s going pretty fast.  He is wearing a helmet; it looks like he breaks the chin strap when he hits.

So, tell me what you think!  How will you manage the injuries that you see in the video?  What other injuries will you be looking for?  What other resources do you need?

I’ll share my thoughts in a few days.


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