East Anglian Air Ambulance here we want to share some information with you about cycle accidents.
When an emergency 999 call comes through to the critical care desk, the team will assess whether it requires specialist skills of the East Anglian Air Ambulance crew.
Our critical care paramedics receive special training for this role, and are then included in a rota to man the CCD desk, day and night.
Many of the calls they receive involved cyclists, so it is important to assess the situation quickly and see what medical help is needed.
If the East Anglian Air Ambulance is needed, they will be called on the red phone at the base and will then prepare the helicopter and equipment for take-off. If the incident is close by, then the crew may go out in the rapid response vehicle which allows them to get to the scene quickly.
When assessing a patient who has been involved in a cycling accident, a major factor to consider is speed.
The speed of the cyclist can make a big difference to the type of injuries. If the cyclist has been in an accident involving a car, then the team will take into consideration the speed that the car was travelling at the time.
One of the most common injuries for a cyclist is a head injury. It is vital to be wearing a helmet when riding your bike to minimise any damage in the event of an accident.
Although head injuries are common, a patient can suffer any type of trauma injury from the impact of a crash.
By looking after yourself, and your bike when riding, you can minimise the chances of being involved in a serious accident that requires the service of EAAA.
For more information go to http://www.eaaa.org.uk/
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