Monmouthshire County Council’s Road Safety team is urging motorcyclists to carry cards holding potentially life-saving information in the event of an incident. The CRASH card has a set of easy to follow steps which could prove invaluable following a collision.
The card - created by the National Ambulance Motorcycle Club whose membership consists of ambulance staff passionate about motorcycling – lists a set of questions similar to those asked by ambulance service control centres and focuses on safety, the location of the collision, and how serious it is. The flipside side records information which could be vital to an attending paramedic, including current medical history and details of current medication. Importantly there is also space to list the name and contact telephone number of the next of kin. Many phones require a pin code which means that the ICE (in case of emergency) number cannot be accessed.
Monmouthshire’s Road Safety team has been working in partnership with other professionals who make up Road Safety Wales to promote the scheme which has the backing of the Wales NHS Ambulance Trust. Hopefully, these cards will be available throughout the Principality soon.
CRASH Cards can be obtained free of charge from Abergavenny’s Oasis Snack Bar, the Steel Horse Café between Raglan and Abergavenny, RM Hockey & Son of Abergavenny and Monmouthshire’s Road Safety Officer Carolyn Derosaire. They are suitable for all users of powered two wheelers from the young person on a scooter, the worker commuting on a daily basis, or weekend superbike riders
Welsh Ambulance Service Medical Director, Dr Paul Hughes said: “The CRASH cards will provide our staff with vital clinical information to improve the care we can provide for motorcyclists across Wales. It’s important to remember that removing a motorcyclist’s helmet after an accident is a specialist task which should only be performed by ambulance crews or other trained personnel.”
“Such a simple thing as carrying the CRASH card could well enable us as a service to make more informed decisions regarding the treatment needed to a motorcycle collision or incident,” added Dr Hughes.