Bikers urged to carry new crash card

Midlands Air Ambulance is launching a life-saving CRASH card for bikers in the Midlands this week.

The CRASH card provides emergency personnel with vital information needed to treat a patient including name, date of birth, medication and medical history.

Carried within the lining of a biker’s helmet, paramedics are alerted to the existence of the CRASH card by a small green dot on the side of the visor.

The card has been created by members of Midlands Air Ambulance (MAA) and the national Ambulance Motorcycle Club and will be launched this weekend (Sunday 25th July) at MAA’s Bike 4 Life event which kicks off at 10am from the National Motorcycle Museum near Solihull.

The CRASH card has the support of West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) and West Midlands Police (WMP).

Paramedic Ian Burrell, chairman of the Ambulance Motorcycle Club, says: “This card is borne out of experience - it has been designed by serving paramedics who have been on both sides of an accident, as the injured rider or attending as medical help. If a biker is injured and unable to talk coherently because of concussion or having been knocked out, how does the ambulance crew find out who the patient is, what medication they take or their medical history?”

Funding for the cards has been provided by Premium Choice, a specialist bike insurer based in the Midlands and SP services, international supplier of medical, first aid, paramedic and emergency rescue equipment.

Stef Langford Brown, creator of the cards at Midlands Air Ambulance says: “The CRASH cards are a great way to provide emergency services with vital information about a patient. The first 60 minutes after an incident is critical to the outcome of the patient’s recovery so anything that reduces the time between incident and hospital is extremely worthwhile.”

 

OPERATIONS STATISTICS:
Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.