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- Tip of the Week: Incidents on Group Rides
- Pace Lines
- June Special Ride – Cambridge Tour de Grand
- Stay Calm
- Try to identify the mechanism of injury (road hazard, collision, mechanical failure, exhaustion, etc.) and then act to minimize danger of further injury.
- Ensure that traffic is stopped or redirected to prevent further injury.
- Don't move the injured person. Consider the possibility of a cerebrospinal injury. Ask the injured person for his or her permission to help. Do not provide help if the injured person refuses your offer - remain nearby and offer again after a minute or two; he/she will likely consent if the injuries are severe. Note that if the injured person is or becomes unconscious this permission is deemed to have been given.
- Sending for help is often a judgment call. Is there profuse blood loss? Are they in obvious pain? Did they lose consciousness, even briefly? Are they having trouble breathing? If in doubt call 911.
- Administer first aid to the extent of your ability.
- Even if the injured person pops up off the road and insists there is nothing wrong, look for signs of confusion and disorientation. They may have sustained a head injury
- While waiting for help to arrive get the injured person's personal information (name, address, emergency contact, telephone) and medical history (allergies, medic alert, recent illnesses & operations) and write it down. Make sure a copy of this information finds its way onto the ambulance.
- Comfort the injured person. -When you get home notify the Recreational Ride Chair or President with details of the incident and the injured person's name(s).
There is paperwork that will need to be filled in and submitted to the Ontario Cycling Association. The president will provide the form to any witnesses. It is important to get this document filled in and sent back to the club in a timely fashion.
None of us want to be in this situation, but things can on occasion go wrong very quickly out there. Even when everybody is riding safely and doing everything right, unavoidable things can and do happen.