With today’s traffic and hazardous road conditions, even the most experienced riders can find themselves in a motorcycle accident. In this circumstance, prompt and proper treatment can make the difference between life and death. When a rider is rendered unconscious or has a suspected head injury, Emergency Medical Personnel may need to quickly and safely remove an injured rider,s motorcycle helmet.
Some of the motorcycle helmets designed today may include quick and easy pull tabs to assist Emergency Medical Personnel in removing a motorcycle helmet from an injured rider.
Two rescuers are require to safely remove a motorcycle helmet from an injured rider using the quick release pull tabs. First, the Emergency Medical Personnel should check for critical external injuries.
When removal of the motorcycle helmet is necessary, one rescuer should hold the helmet to prevent movement. The second rescuer releases, or if necessary, cuts the helmet chin strap. It is recommended the rescuer use rounded safety scissors to avoid cutting the injured rider.
While one rescuer continues to stabilize the motorcycle helmet, the other rescuer should locate the emergency pull tab on the cheek pad. Slowly pull the tab toward the riders shoulder to release the cheek pad from the snap that holds it in place. Pull the cheek pad down and out of the helmet. Repeat the same process for the second cheek pad.
While one rescuer supports the motorcyclists head and neck, the second rescuer slowly and carefully removes the helmets. Pull straight and be careful not to twist or block the injured rider’s airway during the removal process.
Becoming Familiar with this process can help aid the first responder in safely removing a motorcycle helmet and prevent further injury to the rider.